Age of Discontinuity: Guidelines to Our Changing Society; Inscribed by Peter Drucker

  • Age of Discontinuity: Guidelines to Our Changing Society.

Age of Discontinuity: Guidelines to Our Changing Society.


Item Number: 81084

New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1978.

First edition, early printing of this work “which makes businessmen think thoughts they have never thought before” (The New York Times). Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by Peter Drucker on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.

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.

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