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During Peter Drucker’s lecture regarding the change leader he begins by revisiting the previous week’s lecture, which dealt with Alfred Nobel and the invention of dynamite. He goes on to elaborate on why Nobel was able to exploit his success because his invention coincided with a massive increase infrastructure building that was taking place during that time period. He then shares a story in which for eleven minutes he was told to pretend to be a Major General during World War II while working with the government. He then moves on to discuss the Harvard Business Review and to explain how it used to be run by Nan Stone and that he is now helping her with a book she is working on. Drucker then states that management is not all about business management and he advises his students to be aware of all organizations, such as non-profits. Later in the lecture he talks about the history of business management and references Charles Dickens' book Nicholas Nikelby to illustrate his point. He then discusses how the modern university is a post-World War II development and talks about the modern hospital, which also developed in the 1950s. From there he discusses innovation and uses Thomas Edison and the invention of electricity as an example. Towards the end of the lecture Drucker states that a terrible mistake organizations frequently make is that they force themselves to become problem oriented.
Lectures and lecturing Management Nobel, Alfred Bernhard, 1833-1896 Harvard business review book series Dynamite Nicholas Nickelby Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931 Harvard Business Review
Color videocassette: Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management Claremont Graduate University, 02/24/01 The Change Leader, Box 92; ¾ inch VHS cassette