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3.99932386747803 out of 53.99932386747803 out of 53.99932386747803 out of 53.99932386747803 out of 53.99932386747803 out of 5 4.00 (1,479 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter F. Drucker Narrator: Michael Wells Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9781455169801
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This is the first book to present innovation and entrepreneurship as a purposeful and systematic discipline. It clearly explains and analyzes the challenges and opportunities of America’s new entrepreneurial economy. Peter Drucker, the most influential and widely-read thinker and writer on modern organizations, gives us a superbly practical book that explains what established businesses, public service institutions, and new ventures have to know, have to learn, and have to do in today’s economy and marketplace.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship deals with “what, when and why,” policies and decisions, opportunities and risks, structures and strategies, staffing, and compensation and rewards. In addition to managers in all types of business, lecturers and students of management and business studies will find this a revealing and exciting work. Highly critical in approach, it is nevertheless a practical and illuminating study of an area crucial for today’s world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Drucker now adds Innovation and Entrepreneurship to the remarkable series of books about management that he has been writing since 1939. Any book by Drucker is rewarding, and it is impossible to read the man without learning a lot.”

    Fortune

  • “Our most enduring commentator on the practice of management and the economic institutions of society.”

    Businessweek

  • “On bookshelves crowded with books on management principles and practice and promising success and profit to their purchasers, this book stands head and shoulders above the rest.”

    Accountant’s Magazine

  • “Thoughtful, concise, and useful.”

    Technology Review

  • “This work is unique...a thoughtful analysis of what the future holds...a clear statement of principles with many supporting examples. Essential for all business collections.” 

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 2/11/2014

    " Drucker got it. Most management "gurus" are just regurgitating his stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 2/11/2014

    " Has to be one of the best book for startups!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eben van Tonder | 1/15/2014

    " i wish i read this book when i was 18!!!!!! i try and re-read it every few years!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ramy Khodeir | 1/14/2014

    " The necessary link between to essential disciplines required for the 21st century business enterprise "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Mayer | 12/28/2013

    " This is a great book. Solid wisdom on where to look and how to pursue purposeful innovation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Garza | 12/2/2013

    " Even though this book is relatively old, its principles apply in every era. Drucker presents innovation as an ageless art form, in which all that changes is the approach. Any business owner, or out of the box thinker, should definitely read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tai Odunsi | 11/7/2013

    " a must read for any entrepreneur; and still relevant almost 30 years since its publication "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 10/11/2013

    " The examples are a little (okay, very) dated, but the concepts are spot on. Drucker nailed it - and did so way ahead of the pack. 25 years later his call to build innovation and constant positive change into our organizations is still relevant, and dare I say needed in the business culture of 2010. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pavan Singh | 9/12/2013

    " A fantastic book that looks objectively on figuring out the next big opportunity "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lance Wiggs | 9/10/2013

    " Still the best business book ever in my opinion. Worthy of skipping your next conference and reading instead. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bjorn Hardarson | 8/27/2013

    " "Probably a must read for all studying the science and practice of Entrepreneurship by the Dean of Entrepreneurship " "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel Dominguez | 8/1/2013

    " Interesting book about Innovation and Entrepreneurship in 20th century. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phillip Bryant | 7/7/2013

    " Drucker - He's alright. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justus | 1/17/2013

    " Theoretical approach to the problem, most likely great for execs and not a bad read for ideas to keep in mind, but not really geared to startups. Maybe dated, but even so, I really think its a good read even if not the most useful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian | 10/24/2012

    " too dense and not very applicable to a wide range of businesses. Drucker is great for the corporate exec world but doesn't translate well to small businesses. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ming | 10/8/2012

    " This book really kicks ass, it outlines the necessities of entrepreneurship and creative thinking in a very systematic and conservative manner that anyone could really learn and adapt from. Also expertly dispels many myths regarding the subject of entrepreneurs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Babak | 10/2/2012

    " This is a very authoritative introduction to the subject of innovation. It is very well-written, although a bit heavy at points. Drucker has made an important contribution, as usual. The part on sources of innovation is very good and also exists as an HBR article. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fred | 3/26/2012

    " High tech companies: "They still believe in Benjamin Franklin's dictum: 'If you invent a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door.' It does not yet occur to them to ask what makes a mousetrap 'better' or for whom?" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Polej | 2/23/2012

    " Hearing that book as audiobook gave me a boost towards really really deep changes of the most basic theory/schematics in my life. "All action comes from theory. To change action you have to change the theory" (or something like that) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 11/18/2011

    " Great book that explains how to build innovation and entrepreneurship into companies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 S3tc | 10/29/2011

    " Needless to say. Classical management book written by Petter F. Drucker "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Williams | 10/3/2011

    " An older business book but full of gems! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 8/20/2011

    " Considering how old this book is (for this topic) - published in 1985 - it has aged very well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eddie | 7/3/2011

    " If you learn only one thing, it's that there are no "eureka!!" moments. Archimedes lied to us. Genius does not strike like lightning. Innovation is an iterative process, and there's no way around the fact that it's just hard work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Georgi | 12/9/2010

    " Great book. It's old but up to date information is share on it. Same situations different tools. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justus | 11/20/2010

    " Theoretical approach to the problem, most likely great for execs and not a bad read for ideas to keep in mind, but not really geared to startups. Maybe dated, but even so, I really think its a good read even if not the most useful. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Roland | 10/8/2010

    " This book is one of the worst business books ever written. If you're the type of person who thinks that businesses run on platitudes and happy thoughts by all means buy this. If you think that businesses thrive when you apply efforts to reach targeted results buy something better.
    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian | 4/27/2010

    " too dense and not very applicable to a wide range of businesses. Drucker is great for the corporate exec world but doesn't translate well to small businesses. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 3/27/2010

    " Drucker got it. Most management "gurus" are just regurgitating his stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fernando | 2/26/2010

    " Just a must. You should read this only if you aré into entrepreneirship. IT is a little bit dull. And maybe not as timeless as IT should be "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eben | 5/27/2009

    " i wish i read this book when i was 18!!!!!! i try and re-read it every few years!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ming | 1/28/2009

    " This book really kicks ass, it outlines the necessities of entrepreneurship and creative thinking in a very systematic and conservative manner that anyone could really learn and adapt from. Also expertly dispels many myths regarding the subject of entrepreneurs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 11/26/2008

    " Great book that explains how to build innovation and entrepreneurship into companies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 7/2/2008

    " Even though this book is relatively old, its principles apply in every era. Drucker presents innovation as an ageless art form, in which all that changes is the approach. Any business owner, or out of the box thinker, should definitely read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 5/29/2008

    " Considering how old this book is (for this topic) - published in 1985 - it has aged very well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 3/19/2008

    " Has to be one of the best book for startups!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 S3tc | 1/23/2008

    " Needless to say. Classical management book written by Petter F. Drucker "

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