Summer Reading: Five Management Classics

Rick Wartzman

In his latest column for Bloomberg Businessweek, Drucker Institute Executive Director Rick Wartzman takes a look at five of Peter Drucker’s favorite books on management and leadership: The Principles of Scientific Management by Frederick Winslow Taylor, Industrial and General Administration by Henri Fayol, The Human Problems of an Industrial Civilization by Elton Mayo, The Functions of the Executive by Chester I. Barnard and Dynamic Administration by Mary Parker Follett.

Each of these titles appeared before Drucker’s own landmark, The Practice of Management, was published in 1954. “Every one of these books,” Drucker noted, “laid firm and lasting foundations.”

What is your favorite book about management and leadership (whether by Drucker or somebody else)—and why?