- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: HarperBusiness; Reprint edition (9 May 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060851147
- ISBN-13: 978-0060851149
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Managing the Non-profit Organization: Principles and Practices Paperback – 9 May 2006
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Peter F. Drucker is considered the most influential management thinker ever. The author of more than twenty-five books, his ideas have had an enormous impact on shaping the modern corporation. Drucker passed away in 2005.
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So I came across this. Drucker is a name in management, and that he had written on nonprofits was reason enough to grab it up and see what made him a name.
Overall, I was not disappointed. The book is in a format that made it easy to read bit by bit even if it made it easy to put down. It is divided in sections and Drucker has his own section, but he also brings in people who are working in the field to interview and for me these are the places of most learning. Drucker is able to look at the people he is talking to and make amazing syncretic insights that seem self-evident but really are not.
It is a bit dated. The book sprang from a tape series, so there is this weird disconnect where in the book he is referring to the tapes and that was not elided in editing. Who knows what tapes are now, right? But as someone who is working in the nonprofit field, there is nothing that sticks out as irrelevant to the world of the third sector in the second decade of the twenty-first century. What Drucker excels in is aphorisms. Meaning that you will want to pull the page out and highlight a sentence and put it on you wall. Forget looking at the sentence level, since it it a coherent whole that confronts you, and must be reckoned with.
This is an excellent book to add to your library.
* It is broken into sections
* It is easy to read, and it is interesting since it has a very large number of examples and case studies
* There are a half dozen interview transcripts of Drucker and nonprofit leaders included in the book (most are useful, with only one that I thought was disappointing)
* Topics and action items are revisited several times in the book, solidifying key ideas
* I have no hesitation about recommending the Kindle Edition. The formatting is quite good on the Kindle Fire, and I assume also on other Kindles.
Generally with Drucker's books: There are many concrete examples and case studies that Drucker's ideas very clear. This is true in all of his books that I've read (4 now), though I think he has really perfected this structure over his decades of writing (I found his first book less effective, though still interesting). When reading Drucker's books, I always end up in the "hindsight is 20-20" perspective. Much of what he writes seems so obvious, but it is subtle enough that I don't recognize it without careful thought or his prompting. Even more importantly -- and is especially true in this nonprofit oriented book -- is that Drucker advises specific actions. These actions are not put in a list format, so I've found it helpful to highlight the book and take notes as I read.
My background is almost exclusively academic, though I'm also heavily involved in a group that creates free education products and will soon be applying for nonprofit status (OpenIntro). I would recommend this book without hesitation to anyone who is starting an organization, nonprofit or for-profit, or anyone who has any oversight responsibilities. If you have any management responsibilities, you owe it to the people you work with to read this (or some similar) book.