Drucker on smallness

I really love management and organizational theories. I spend a fair amount of my time reading books on this subjects (Usually 2 or 3 at a time).

One cannot love those subjects without reading the materials and concepts of the biggest theoretician of them all – the late Peter Drucker.

Currently, I am reading his book “The Effective Executive” and I am enjoying every moment. While reading the book I have bumped into a very interesting idea of his concerning the complexity of organizations. It did remind me of the 37signals model.

And it goes like this (taken from page 14 on the book):

The fewer people, the smaller, the less activity inside, the more nearly perfect is the organization.

And it really works well with Seth Godin’s “Small is the new big” and Tom Peters’ idea of the Professional Service Firm (PSF).

The only difference is that Drucker wrote about this in 1967. 1-9-6-7. That’s right, 40 years ago. This man knew what he was talking about.


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