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The Age of Discontinuity : Guidelines to Our Changing Society - Peter Drucker

The Age of Discontinuity

Guidelines to Our Changing Society

Paperback Published: 30th January 1992
ISBN: 9781560006183
Number Of Pages: 434

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The closing decades of the twentieth century have been characterized as a period of disruption and discontinuity in which the structure and meaning of economy, polity, and society have been radically altered. In this volume Peter Drucker focuses with great clarity and perception on the forces of change that are transforming the economic landscape and creating tomorrow's society.

Drucker discerns four major areas of discontinuity underlying contemporary social and cultural reality. These are: (1) the explosion of new technologies resulting in major new industries; (2) the change from an international to a world economy-an economy that presently lacks policy, theory, and institutions; (3) a new sociopolitical reality of pluralistic institutions that poses drastic political, philosophical, and spritual challenges; and (4) the new universe of knowledge based on mass education and its implications in work, leisure, and leadership.

Peter Drucker brings to this work an intimate knowledge and objective view of the particular and general. The Age of Discontinuity is a fascinating and important blueprint for shaping a future already very much with us.

-Drucker argues his case brilliantly.-

--David Broder, Washington Post -The Age of Discontinuity is the kind of book that makes businessmen think thoughts they have never thought before.-

--The New York Times -Peter F. Drucker . . . sees no challenge that cannot be met by America and the 'have' nations of the world provided they have the flexibility to recognize that a new era is upon us.-

--Newsday -Professor Drucker's book has tremendous scope. . . . [It] is a useful, stimulating survey of the political and economic realities that may shape the next few decades.-

--Wall Street Journal "Drucker argues his case brilliantly."

--David Broder, Washington Post "The Age of Discontinuity is the kind of book that makes businessmen think thoughts they have never thought before."

--The New York Times "Peter F. Drucker . . . sees no challenge that cannot be met by America and the 'have' nations of the world provided they have the flexibility to recognize that a new era is upon us."

--Newsday "Professor Drucker's book has tremendous scope. . . . [It] is a useful, stimulating survey of the political and economic realities that may shape the next few decades."

--Wall Street Journal "Drucker argues his case brilliantly."

--David Broder, Washington Post "The Age of Discontinuity is the kind of book that makes businessmen think thoughts they have never thought before."

--The New York Times "Peter F. Drucker . . . sees no challenge that cannot be met by America and the 'have' nations of the world provided they have the flexibility to recognize that a new era is upon us."

--Newsday "Professor Drucker's book has tremendous scope. . . . [It] is a useful, stimulating survey of the political and economic realities that may shape the next few decades."

--Wall Street Journal

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
Preface to the 1983 Edition
Preface to the Original Edition
The Knowledge Technologies
The End of Continuityp. 3
The New Industries and Their Dynamicsp. 11
The New Entrepreneurp. 42
The New Economic Policiesp. 58
From International to World Economy
The Global Shopping Centerp. 77
Making the Poor Productivep. 102
Beyond the "New Economics"p. 137
A Society of Organizations
The New Pluralismp. 171
Toward a Theory of Organizationsp. 188
The Sickness of Governmentp. 212
How Can the Individual Survive?p. 243
The Knowledge Society
The Knowledge Economyp. 263
Work and Worker in the Knowledge Societyp. 287
Has Success Spoiled the Schools?p. 311
The New Learning and the New Teachingp. 334
The Politics of Knowledgep. 349
Does Knowledge Have a Future?p. 372
Conclusionp. 381
Indexp. 384
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781560006183
ISBN-10: 1560006188
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 434
Published: 30th January 1992
Publisher: TRANSACTION PUBL
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.22 x 15.19  x 2.67
Weight (kg): 0.6
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition