The Economist reports on the smashing success of the Drucker baseball book in Japan

In an article titled “Drucker in the dug-out,” The Economist has noted the smashing success of Natsumi Iwasaki’s book, What If a Female Manager of a High School Baseball Team Read Drucker’s “Management”?, which has now sold more than 1 million copies.

The novel tells the story of a student named Minami Kawashima, who becomes the manager of the struggling baseball team at her school, Tokyo’s Hodokubo High. After she reads Drucker’s 1973 classic, Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices, Minani turns the team around.

The Economist noted that in Japan, “Women remain an underused asset: only 61% of them work, their average income is less than half that of men and they occupy barely 1% of boardroom seats. If Drucker, with the help of a headstrong teenager, can posthumously change that, it would be his greatest gift to Japan.”

To read the full article, please click here. To read an earlier piece on the book in Bloomberg Businessweek, by Drucker Institute Executive Director Rick Wartzman, click here.