Drucker’s Lost Art of Management

by Joseph A. Maciariello and Karen E. Linkletter

Book description from the publisher.

While corporate malfeasance was once considered the exception, the American public is increasingly viewing unethical, immoral, and even criminal business behavior as the norm. According to the authors of Drucker’s Lost Art of Management, there is some truth behind this new perception. Business management has lost its bearings, and the authors look to Peter Drucker’s vision of management as a liberal art to steer business back on course. 

Recognized as the world’s leading Drucker scholar, Joseph Maciariello, along with fellow Drucker scholar Karen Linkletter, provides a blueprint for making corporate American management more functional and redeeming its reputation. Throughout his career, Peter Drucker made clear connections between the liberal arts and effective management, but he passed away before providing a detailed exposition of his ideas. Maciariello and Linkletter integrate their Drucker expertise in management and the liberal arts to finally define management as a liberal art and fulfill Drucker’s vision. 

In Drucker’s Lost Art of Management, Maciariello and Linkletter examine Drucker’s contention that managers must concern themselves with the foundational concepts of political science, history, economic theory, and other liberal arts, such as: 

  • Societal values and standards 
  • The use and abuse of power 
  • Individual character development 
  • Innovation and technology 
  • The nature of good and evil 
  • The role managers play in a healthy society 

The authors create a new philosophy of management based on the principles leaders throughout history have relied on to be effective both individually and as custodians of civilized society and healthy economies. 

Our future executives, professionals, managers, and entrepreneurs are on track to learning (and perpetuating) the idea that only the bottom line matters in business–a concept that benefits no one in the end. It’s up to us to instill the ageless verities that make for good management, good society, and good business results. 

A passionate call for radical change in today’s management practices, Drucker’s Lost Art of Management provides the ideas, concepts, and practical advice to make that change happen before it’s too late. 

Joseph A. Maciariello was a colleague of Peter Drucker for 26 years and taught Drucker’s courses when Drucker reduced his teaching load. He coauthored The Daily Drucker and The Effective Executive in Action with Peter Drucker. He is the Director of Research and Academic Director at the Drucker Institute and Horton Professor of Management at The Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management. Karen E. Linkletter, a historian, teaches American Studies at California State University at Fullerton. The first archivist at the Drucker Institute and a Drucker scholar in the liberal arts, she also has experience in the financial services industry. She holds a Ph.D. and M.B.A. from Claremont Graduate University. 


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