Drucker Societies around the world convene major events, hear from Institute leaders on Drucker’s legacy

Groups around the world held major events in September to promote the teachings of Peter F. Drucker, the father of modern management.

In Seoul, the Drucker Society of Korea presented its annual Innovation Awards to companies and social-sector organizations making a meaningful difference in that country. This year’s winners included a CEO who has built and operates Asia’s most creative, efficient and successful airport at Incheon; an NGO that encourages people to give to nonprofits 1% of their income, which is considered extraordinary in Asia; and a mayor and his team of human-resources executives, who have turned a backwater into a best-practice national model of lifelong learning and technology-driven personalized training.

Ira Jackson, dean of the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management and a member of the Institute’s Board of Advisors, was a keynote speaker at the Korean awards ceremony. This was just one part of a trip that Jackson made through Asia, strengthening ties between the Institute and Drucker Society chapters. (For more on his travels, click here.)

Jackson also spoke in China at the Peter F. Drucker Management Forum. This second annual gathering, which this year focused on innovation and entrepreneurship, drew some 500 attendees in Beijing. (For more on the forum, click here.)

Meantime, Institute board member Doris Drucker was delivering her own keynote address in Sydney at the Australian Institute of Management convention. Her provocative talk, titled “Information: Is it Everything?” explored whether we have become “mentally obese” from devouring information just because it’s there. How much, she asked, is actually being converted to knowledge and enacted as wisdom? (For more on the AIM conference, click here. For a transcript of Doris Drucker’s talk, click here. Video of her talk is available in three parts: part 1, part 2, part 3.)

“The work that our friends around the globe are doing to build on Peter’s legacy is fantastic, and we have a lot to learn from them,” said Rick Wartzman, director of the Drucker Institute. “We’re proud that Doris and Ira could be a part of these wonderful events.”

For more on the activities of Drucker Society chapters around the world, click here.