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.”