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12-11-2005, 08:38 AM

By Simon London in San Francisco
Published: November 11 2005 20:56 | Last updated: November 11 2005 20:56

Peter Drucker, the most influential management writer of the modern era, has died age 95. A spokesman for the Claremont Graduate University in California, where Prof Drucker worked since the 1971, said he died peacefully on Friday morning after a short illness.

Prof Drucker remained active until the end of his life. Earlier this year he was honoured with the McKinsey Award for the best article published in the Harvard Business Review during 2004. He had just finished collaborating with colleagues on a reworking of the ideas contained in The Effective Executive, first published in 1966.

Peter Ferdinand Drucker was born in Vienna in 1909. He took a doctorate in public and international law while working as a newspaper reporter in Frankfurt, Germany, and then worked as an economist for an international bank in London. He moved to the US in 1937 and began his teaching career at Bennington College, Vermont. For more than twenty years he was professor of management at the graduate business school of New York University.

Prof Drucker’s first books considered what could be done to prevent a return of the economic and social conditions that led to the rise of Fascism. This led him to conclude that effective management of organizations – in both public and private sectors – was essential for social stability.

The Concept of the Corporation, a study of the management practices of General Motors, the first modern, multidivisional company, was published in 1946. This and later works helped establish management as a topic worthy of serious study. However, Prof Drucker always sought to combine academic erudition with a concern for the day to day problems faced by practising managers. Of his 35 books, including two novels, 15 were concerned with management, including The Practice of Management, Managing in Turbulent Times and Management Challenges for the 21st Century, published in 1999.