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Robert W. Swaim

Dr. Robert W. Swaim was a colleague and personal friend of Drucker’s for nearly thirty years and worked with him for five years prior to his death to develop both the Drucker EMBA and Executive Development Programs that are now offered in China. He is no doubt the foremost authority in Asia on Drucker’s work and in this article he attempts to relate a number of Drucker’s concepts to today’s present uncertain environment – what would Drucker have said about this and would his concepts still be applicable? Dr. Swaim also expands on these views in his new book that was released in 2010, The Strategic Drucker: Peter Drucker’s Strategies for Business Growth published by John Wiley and Sons (Asia) Pte Ltd. He may be reached via email at: docswaim@gmail.com.

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"This is a new era of opportunity, but only for those who are willing to accept change as an opportunity, not for those who are afraid of it." Peter F. DruckerIn today’s rapidly changing environment, Peter F. Drucker stressed that mangers must be able to anticipate, plan and lead change efforts in their organizations. Managers must also be...Full Article »
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Overcoming resistance to changes is often one of the biggest challenges for continuous improvement practitioners. In the first of a 4-part series on managing change in the enterprise, Dr. Robert Swaim looks at the reasons organizations change and breaks change down in 6 key areas of impact.Why Organizations ChangeOrganizations change for a number...Full Article »
Introduction:This article presents Peter F. Drucker’s observations on what he called the “Next Society,” as explained in “Managing in the Next Society,” (2002) and in an earlier book, “Managing in a Time of Great Change” (1995).Drucker referred to the “Next Society” as the major social changes that will surely impact and trickle down to all...Full Article »
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“If the twentieth century was one of social transformations, the twenty-first century needs to be one of social and political innovations.” -- Peter F. Drucker (1909-2005)IntroductionThis article presents Peter F. Drucker’s observations on what he had identified as the “Next Society.” It was a concept he often discussed in conversations with...Full Article »
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It was 1976 during one night at the Claremont Graduate School (CGS). I had driven the San Bernardino Freeway from my office on 6th and Flower Streets in downtown Los Angeles after work, a one to two hour drive depending on traffic, to attend the Claremont Graduate School Ph.D. in Executive Management Program (now the Peter F. Drucker Graduate...Full Article »
Pretend that Peter F. Drucker were alive today and you were about to engage him - the world’s foremost authority on management - to spend a day at your company with you and your management team. You want advice as to the direction your company should take and are concerned about how your company can compete in a dynamic and rapidly changing global...Full Article »
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Too many organizations, management theorist Peter Drucker observed, devote resources to "preserving the past" when they should be allocated to "creating tomorrow." Dr. Robert Swaim - student, colleague, and friend of Drucker’s for almost thirty years – looks at Drucker’s Principles of Innovation and why companies must leave yesterday behind to...Full Article »
"The large organization has to learn to innovate, or it will not survive. —Peter F. Drucker...Full Article »
"The large organization has to learn to innovate, or it will not survive. —Peter F. DruckerMany books by Peter F. Drucker stressed that the first step in developing a vision for any organization is "getting rid of yesterday." Drucker, who is considered the father of modern management thinking, says this also holds true for innovation.Too many...Full Article »
Only one in seven employees in developed countries does work that requires manual labor. While the western world has shifted to a knowledge-based workforce (think: desk jobs that involve more problem-solving and less physical work), there are forces creating new manual labor opportunities. Tech startups like Boxed and Rent the Runway,...Full Article »
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