Claremont Graduate University's Drucker Institute Director to be Featured in BusinessWeek

Director Rick Wartzman will pen bi-monthly column, "The Drucker Difference"

Claremont, CA, September 15, 2007 --( Rick Wartzman, Director of Claremont Graduate University’s Drucker Institute, began writing a bi-monthly column for BusinessWeek on September 14, 2007, as part of the magazine’s new online focus on management issues.

After its debut on September 14, the column will run on BusinessWeek’s website every other Monday. It will also appear occasionally in the print edition of the magazine.

The column will tie the teachings of Peter F. Drucker, who is widely considered the father of modern management, to events in the news. It will also, from time to time, highlight the work of scholars and practitioners in all sectors—business, government and the nonprofit world—who have been influenced by Drucker.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to fulfill our basic mission: to take Peter Drucker’s ideas and ideals to new audiences,” Wartzman said. “The fact that BusinessWeek has chosen to feature ‘The Drucker Difference’ underscores just how relevant his thinking remains today.”

Drucker died in November 2005 at the age of 95. The author of 39 books and countless articles, Drucker was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in 2002. His insights have been an inspiration to a broad range of individuals in all kinds of organizations, from Intel Corp. co-founder Andy Grove to Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren to United Farm Workers leader Cesar Chavez.

“We’re delighted to have an authority on the most influential thinker in management write from Drucker’s perspective,” said John A. Byrne, editor-in-chief of and executive editor. “It’s way to keep Drucker’s ideas and ideals alive and relevant to a new generation of managers and leaders.”

Before being named director of the Drucker Institute, Wartzman had a 20-year career in journalism, including stints as a reporter, editor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times. He is also the co-author of the bestselling book The King of California: J.G. Boswell and the Making of a Secret American Empire and is now completing a new book, Obscene in the Extreme: The Burning and Banning of The Grapes of Wrath.

“Peter could see the future that was already around us,” said Ira Jackson, Dean of the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at CGU and a member of the Drucker Institute’s board. “And while none of us can replicate his insight, we have an obligation to pursue his courage in illuminating the current condition.”

About the Drucker Institute

The Drucker Institute at Claremont Gradute University is a think tank whose purpose is to advance the ideas and ideals of Peter F. Drucker, the father of modern management. The Institute hosts conferences, undertakes research that builds on Drucker’s writings, produces material that applies Drucker’s work to current events, and offers a curriculum that distills Drucker’s decades of leading-edge thinking. The Institute also houses Drucker’s archives, which are in the process of being digitized for easy online access.

About BusinessWeek

BusinessWeek is a leading global business media organization, providing unparalleled insight and analysis to a worldwide audience of business leaders. Founded in 1929 and published by the McGraw-Hill Companies, BusinessWeek magazine is the market leader, with more than 4.8 million readers each week in 140 countries. Local language editions include Chinese, Russian, and Bahasa Indonesian. Launched in 1994, is the preeminent provider of daily, essential business news, information, and services to business decision-makers. Reaching 85% of the nation’s households, BusinessWeek Weekend delivers important business, consumer and financial news to television viewers every week.

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Nikolaos Johnson