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This is an audio recording from day two of the Annual Peter F. Drucker Symposium, sponsored by the graduate school of business administration of New York University. The talk is about managing increasing complexity of large organizations. Drucker says we’ve gotten to a point where companies are facing new complexities that make it difficult to work with simple traditional structures. Research needs to be done where the researchers are, and products need to be sold where the customers are, but sometimes that leaves the organization fractured around the world. There needs to be new structural principles to fit the new situations, but according to Drucker “we ain’t got none”, only patchwork. He also compares the ideal organization to a human body, with several systems that are interrelated but autonomous. Drucker concludes with saying the only way we can manage the complexity as we switch from “mechanical models” to “organic models” in all areas is for the individual to find out what he needs to learn, what placement he needs to have, and what responsibilities he must take on to support the structure. There are sections of this tape that have loud static.
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Compact disc: Peter Drucker Symposium "Managing the Increasing Complexity of Large Corporations" reel I Part 1 of 2; 4/22/81; Box 101, compact discs; converted from reel to reel by SunDog Media Services