Management and Society.
has moved, from having been an ornament, if not a luxury, to
the central economic resource of technological society."1a
"Today the whole earth has
become a local community . . ."1b
"In government, modern technology and
the modern economy founded on it have outmoded the national
state as a viable unit."1c
"Aware that we are living in the midst
of a technological revolution, we are becoming increasingly
concerned with its meaning for the individual and its impact on
freedom, on society, and on our political institutions.
Side by side with messianic promises of utopia to be ushered in by
technology, there are the most dire warnings of man's enslavement
by technology, his alienation from himself and from
society, and the destruction of all human and political
"The first great code of law, that
of Hammurabi, almost four thousand years ago, would still be applicable
to a good deal of legal business in today's highly
developed, industrial society."1e
"To take risk is . . . the essence
of economic activity."1f
"The kindergarten stage is over. We'ree
past the time when everybody was terribly impressed by the
computer's ability to do two plus two in fractions of a
"Managers today cannot take the time
to understand, because they don't have it."1h
Peter F. Drucker (b. 1909).
Management and Society: Essays. Peter F. Drucker,
1958, 1959, 1961, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970. New York, NY: Harper &
Row, Publishers, Inc., 1977.
Ch. 5: Technology and
Society in the Twentieth Century, at 82. Reprinted from Technology
in Western Civilization, vol. II, edited by Melvin Kranzberg and
Carroll W. Pursell, Jr., Regents of the University of Wisconsin,
Ch. 5, at 88.
Ch. 5, at 90.
Ch. 7: The First
Technological Revolution and Its Lessons, at 117. Presidential
address to the Society for the History of Technology, December 29,
1965; First published in Technology and Culture, Spring 1966.
Ch. 7, at 119.
Ch. 8: Long-Range
Planning, at 132. Reprinted from Management Science, vol. 5,
no. 3 (April 1959); based on a paper given before the Fourth
International Meeting of the Institute of Management Sciences,
Detroit, October 17-18, 1957.
Ch. 10: The Manager and
the Moron, at 173. First published in The McKinsey Quarterly,
Ch. 10, at 175.