The Ecological Vision: Reflections on the American Condition

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Transaction Publishers, 31 déc. 2011 - 466 pages
Periods of great social change reveal a tension between the need for continuity and the need for innovation. The twentieth century has witnessed both radical alteration and tenacious durability in social organization, politics, economics, and art. To comprehend these changes as history and as guideposts to the future, Peter F. Drucker has, over a lifetime, pursued a discipline that he terms social ecology. The writings brought together in The Ecological Vision define the discipline as a sustained inquiry into the man-made environment and an active effort at maintaining equilibrium between change and conservation. The chapters in this volume range over a wide array of disciplines and subject matter. They are linked by a common concern with the interaction of the individual and society, and a common perspective that views economics, technology, politics, and art as dimensions of social experience and expressions of social value. Included here are profiles of such figures as Henry Ford, John C. Calhoun, Soren Kierkegaard, and Thomas Watson; analyses of the economics of Keynes and Schumpeter;and explorations of the social functions of business, management, information, and technology. Drucker's chapters on Japan examine the dynamics of cultural and economic change and afford striking comparisons with similar processes in the West. In the concluding chapter, "Reflections of a Social Ecologist," Drucker traces the development of his discipline through such intellectual antecedents as Alexis de Tocqueville, Walter Bagehot, and Wilhelm von Humboldt. He illustrates the ecological vision, an active, practical, and moral approach to social questions. Peter Drucker summarizes a lifetime of work and exemplifies the communicative clarity that are requisites of all intellectual enterprises. His book will be of interest to economists, business people, foreign affairs specialists, and intellectual historians.
 

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The American Genius Is Political
5
Calhouns Pluralism
15
Henry Ford
33
IBMs Watson
47
The Myth of American Uniformity
59
Introduction to Part Two
75
The Economic Basis of American Politics
79
The Poverty of Economic Theory
95
Introduction to Part Five
275
Work and Tools
277
Technology Science and Culture
287
India and Appropriate Technology
299
The First Technological Revolution and Its Lessons
305
Introduction to Part Six
317
Information Communications and Understanding
319
Information and the Future of the City
339

The Delusion of Profits
101
Schumpeter and Keynes
107
Keynes
119
Introduction to Part Three
135
Managements Role
137
Management
153
Social Innovation
177
Introduction to Part Four
193
Can There Be Business Ethics?
195
The New Productivity Challenge
215
The Emerging Theory of Manufacturing
233
The Hostile Takeover and Its Discontents
249
The InformationBased Organization
345
Introduction to Part Seven
361
A View of Japan through Japanese Art
363
Japan
381
Behind Japans Success
397
Misinterpreting Japan and the Japanese
411
How Westernized Are the Japanese?
417
Introduction to Part Eight
425
The Unfashionable Kierkegaard
427
Afterword
441
Index
459
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Peter F. Drucker (1909-2005) is known by many as the father of modern management. He was Clarke Professor of Social Science and Management at Claremont Graduate School in California and was a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He is the author of over thirty-five books, including The Ecological Vision, The Concept of the Corporation, and A Functioning Society.

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