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Speech given by Peter F. Drucker at the National General Agencies Management Workshop. Drucker discusses the emergence of large organizations, how they are interconnected, and the benefits and challenges posed by employing and managing different types of knowledge workers. Reflecting on developments in the twentieth century, Drucker expects that historians writing about this period are likely to see at the center of this century the emergence of large scale organization as the dominant feature of advanced society. Drucker proceeds to describe the changes in organization size since the beginning of the twentieth century, asserting that big organizations, once a rarity, are now the standard presence in the corporate and nonprofit world, such as in the case of the Y.M.C.A. Out of this preponderance of big organizations emerges a new role: the role of the executive. Drucker identifies several tasks that executives must see to, namely, keeping in mind that organizations exist for others, management of the organization, and effective management of the individual.
Drucker, Peter F. (Peter Ferdinand), 1909-2005 World War I Standard Oil Trust United States Supreme Court YMCA National Council of the Young Men's Christian Associations of the United States of America
Original document, July 16, 1967: Drucker Archives; Box 60, Folder 6; 7 pages