The Ecological Vision
Reflections on the American Condition
Periods of great social change reveal a tension between the need for continuity and the need for innovation. To comprehend these changes as history and as guideposts to the future, Peter F. Drucker has, over a lifetime, pursued a discipline that he terms social ecology. The writings brought together in The Ecological Vision define the discipline as a sustained inquiry into the man-made environment and an active effort at maintaining equilibrium between change and conservation.
“The thirty pieces (all previously published) range over many topics (with truly admirable coherence), are well-written (beautifully concise), very provocative (usually iconoclastic) and deeply (albeit randomly) seasoned with doses of sharp realism.”
—Colin A.M. Duncan, Labour/Le Travail
“This book is a reflection of Drucker’s synopic view of American society and social change—the tension between the need for continuity and the need for innovation. The author considers the study of this phenomenon “social ecology,” and hence, the book’s title. Drucker ranges across both subject matter and academic disciplines. . . . Drucker views economics, technology, politics, and art as dimensions of social experience and expressions of social value. Whether the reader fully accepts Drucker’s analysis or not, this inclusive perspective is valuable and unique. This collection of his essays and his reflection on them does illuminate the streams of thought that have contributed to Drucker’s influential work over nearly sixty years. All persons interested in public and business affairs, American society, leadership, and organizations will find this book both informative and stimulating.”
—Richard L. Chapman, Perspectives
"...the book is broad and clear enough to appeal to a wide audience of readers. There are some chapters which would serve admirably as readings for introductory courses in economics, politics, philosophy or business management..."