Peter Drucker and Revolution: A Mini-Guide
February 2nd, 2016
Although Peter Drucker only used the word revolution once in a book title (The Unseen Revolution; 1976; reissued as The Pension Fund Revolution in 1996); he often used the term, especially in essays and article titles.
While not meant to be exhaustive, here is a brief guide to Drucker’s writing with revolution in the title:
“Beyond the Information Revolution”: The Atlantic 1999
“The Conservative Counter-Revolution of 1776”: chapter in The Future of Industrial Man, 1942; and the collection A Functioning Society: Selections from Sixty-five Years of Writing on Community, Society, and Polity, 2003.
“The Educational Revolution”: subsection 1 of the chapter “The Educated Society”; Landmarks of Tomorrow: A Report on the New “Post-modern” World, 1959; revised edition, 1996.
“The First Technological Revolution and Its Lessons“: The Ecological Vision: Reflections on the American Condition, 1993. Also in The Drucker Lectures: Essential Lessons on Management, Society, and Economy, 2010; Technology and Culture, 1966; Presidential address to the Society for the History of Technology, 1965
“The Information Revolution in Retail”: Managing in a Time of Great Change, 1995; originally in the Wall Street Journal, 1993
“The Next Information Revolution”: Forbes ASAP 1998
“The Nonprofits’ Outreach Revolution”: in Managing for the Future: the 1990s and Beyond, 1993; originally in the Wall Street Journal, 1988
“Reckoning with the Pension Fund Revolution”: Harvard Business Review, 1991
“The Technological Revolution: Notes on the Relationship of Technology, Science, and Culture”: Technology and Culture, 1961
The Unseen Revolution: 1976 book reissued as The Pension Fund Revolution, 1996
In addition, check out the brief July 4, 2012 piece from the Drucker Institute, “The Inevitable Revolution“; and note that when he delivered the commencement address for The University of Scranton, in my home town of Scranton, Pa., in 1964, he told the graduates that they were part of “the first generation of the knowledge revolution.”