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The Drucker Institute Story
In May 2006, more than 100 leading Drucker-like thinkers and practitioners gathered in Claremont, Calif., to help answer one question: What is Peter Drucker’s legacy? Attendees included Jim Collins, management expert and best-selling author of Good to Great and Built to Last; Paul H. O’Neill, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and former chairman of Alcoa; A.G. Lafley, chairman and CEO of Procter & Gamble; Nobuhiro Iijima, CEO of the multi-billion dollar Yamazaki Baking Co.; and Masatoshi Ito, the founder and honorary chairman of the Ito-Yokado Group, Asia’s largest retail chain.

This distinguished group’s answer to the question was that Drucker’s legacy is much more than the man or his writing. Drucker’s legacy, they said, is a collection of ideas and ideals desperately needed by future generations of leaders responsible for the companies and communities in which we work and live.

In response, the Board of Advisors of the Peter F. Drucker Archives (founded in 1999) and Claremont Graduate University took a crucial step in 2006: They decided the best way to keep Drucker’s legacy alive was not simply to look backward (through old manuscripts and other documents) but to look forward (by building on Drucker’s wisdom and applying it to important contemporary issues).

Their mandate, in other words, was to transform the archival repository into a think tank and an action tank whose purpose is to better society by stimulating effective management and responsible leadership.

Out of the Drucker Archives thus grew the Drucker Institute. We are a campus-wide resource of Claremont Graduate University that is closely aligned with the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, where Peter Drucker taught for 35 years.

Drucker Archives
The Drucker Institute, in cooperation with the Honnold/Mudd Library at the Claremont Colleges, maintains a collection of records donated by Peter Drucker and others with whom he interacted. The archives’ purpose is to support research related to Drucker’s life and work.

The collection includes articles written by or about Peter Drucker, images and magnetic media, boxed awards and ephemera, and realia pertaining to Peter Drucker. If you have Drucker-related materials that you would like to contribute to the Archives, including personal correspondence, please contact Archivist Bridget Lawlor at druckerarchives@cgu.edu or 909-607-9212.

Longer term, the Institute hopes to add material from other leading thinkers on management, leadership and related fields.
Access to the collection is available by appointment. Please contact Bridget to make arrangements.

The Drucker Digital Archives is a growing, searchable online replica of the archives’ physical records.

About Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management
Drucker School is a place where you can shape your career and transform your life.

What makes one school different from the next? Drucker School believes that it is the philosophy and the people that will ultimately define your grad school experience. And the philosophy is based on people—management as a human enterprise, as a liberal art. The people you’ll meet at the Drucker School reflect this philosophy—from the staff, to the faculty, to your fellow students—in every interaction. You will be treated with respect, praised for your individuality, and embraced by the collegial synergy of our academic community.

At the Drucker School, you’ll find high expectations and challenging programs, but also words of encouragement and expert guidance. You’ll find professors publishing the leading books in their fields who are eager to engage you in lively discussions about today’s most pressing issues. You’ll find a management style that values the cultivation of human potential as a company’s most valuable resource. You’ll find a school that is global, diverse, and rich with resources, while being intimate and flexible enough for you to explore the path that is right for you.

Mission & Vision
Our Purpose
We make a difference in the lives of those with whom we learn and the institutions we serve.
Our Beliefs About Management
Reflecting the Drucker philosophy of management, we believe that management is a human enterprise—an art as well as a science—that integrates perspectives from the social and behavioral sciences, from philosophy and the humanities, from history and technology, and from religion and mathematics.

This liberal art of management brings together the complex realities of the world in which we live, our diverse cultural, institutional, and intellectual backgrounds, and our ethical responsibilities.

The intuitive and scientific understanding of these linkages is essential to anticipating and meeting the challenge of change and renewal, and for seeing things both as they are and as they can be.

We believe outstanding executive leadership is a moral endeavor requiring both character and competence - moral courage as well as analytical insight. Effective leaders make a difference in the lives and institutions they touch by infusing them with high values and bringing definition to common purpose, commitment to strategy, dignity to human interaction, and increased opportunity for creative self-expression.
Our Mission
We achieve our purpose by developing and enriching the professional lives of our students:
  • Enhancing their ability to think rigorously and ethically about complex, ambiguous issues, to make sound strategic decisions, and to lead and inspire others to achievement of common purposes
  • Providing a personalized and practical, yet reflective learning experience
  • Instilling intellectual curiosity and learning skills that will sustain a lifelong search for understanding and openness to innovation and change
We also achieve our purpose through relentless efforts to create and disseminate knowledge relevant to critical issues affecting management practice worldwide:
  • By promoting integrative and interdisciplinary research that advances management theory and translates it into successful practice.
  • By initiating and conducting intensive worldwide dialogues with management scholars and practitioners with whom we collaborate in order to advance the practice of management.