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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

The Thought of Peter Drucker: The Persistence of the Humanities in the Knowledge Economy

Albert Jacobbe.

Using the Humanities and Social Sciences as critical tools, Peter Drucker has created a vision and analysis of the corporate managerial society as a knowledge society.

Beginning in 1935 with an analysis of the origins of Fascism, Drucker has used philosophy, history, sociology and political science to trace the development of work culture from Industrialism to the Knowledge Society. Drucker, integrating the Humanities with the disciplines of management, marketing and organizational theory, predicted the emergence of the knowledge worker and economy, the development of the global marketplace and of new organizational forms.

Drucker’s thought is a model of the persistence of the Humanities in the contemporary world. His work shows that the Humanities as both constructive and critical tools of thought lead to a deeper understanding of contemporary western managerial civilization.


Albert Jacobbe  (United States)
Adjunct Instructor
Continuing and Distance Education
Continuing and Distance Education

Born in Boston Massachusetts. Received BA from Boston College in Philosophy and History. Received MA from Marquette University in Philosophy.
Have worked in education, government and industry. Currently adjunct instructor In Humanities and Social Science in Continuing and Distance Education at Daniel Webster College, Nashua, New Hampshire.

  • Persistence
  • Humanities in the Knowledge Economy.
  • Management as a Liberal Art
  • Corporate managerial society as a knowledge society.
  • The ethics of responsibility.
  • Management disciplines.
  • Managerial class

(60 min. Workshop, English)