Peter Drucker Challenge Essay Contest 2021 for students & young entrepreneurs (€ 1,500 & Pass to the 13th Global Peter Drucker Forum).

12th edition of the International Drucker Challenge Essay Contest

Application Deadline: June 7th 2021

The Drucker Challenge is an international essay competition held annually by the Drucker Society Europe, in conjunction with the Drucker Forum. The Challenge explores a current topic in management – typically related to the theme of the Forum – in the context of Peter Drucker’s human-oriented management philosophy.

It was the rare organization that did not find itself in a crisis this past year. Most workplaces, whether private or public sector, small or large, had to scramble as the pandemic hit in early 2020, and they still have to. The young are often left to their own devices, be it at school, university or on first career steps. New priorities asserted themselves, long-established ways of doing things proved unworkable, and in a complex and fast-shifting environment, reliable information was hard to come by. It is in such situations that a manager’s mettle is tested.
 
Your essay should share an insight – based on your experience as manager, entrepreneur or student, or on the observation of an institution you know well – about responding effectively to crisis.
 
What manager or (educational) institution did you see having positive impact? How, and in what way? As you describe their decision-making or behavior, you might also engage with other questions: Why is it hard for others to do the same in similar situations? Is it a matter of traits or training? How could managers be better developed in “normal” times to be more capable of dealing with the next trauma?


And finally, could this also be the moment for the younger generation – digital natives who unlike their elders have grown up with societal disruption – to step up and show the way forward? If so, tell us how the younger generation – your generation – could be better (uniquely?) equipped to move us through this crisis and its aftermath.

Prizes

  • A cash prize of 1.500 EUR

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS

  • Complimentary virtual respectively in-person pass for the 13th Global Peter Drucker Forum, to be held as fully digital event with provision for additional in-person sessions on November 18 afternoon and November 19, if health and travel regulations allow
     
  • Invitation to attend the virtual Gala event with Awards ceremony on November 18
     
  • Opportunity to win the Special Recognition Award for the most original essay
     
  • Certificate with ranking
     
  • Invitation to join the exclusive Drucker Challenge Alumni Community on social media networks
     
  • One-year-all-access subscription to the Harvard Business Review
     
  • Ranking list and link to your essay on www.druckerchallenge.org, Drucker Forum Newsletter, and social media
    Your essay may be re-published by your university/company with credits given to Peter Drucker Society Europe
     
  • Funding of travel expenses: If health regulations allow you may consider to travel to Vienna. Your international travel and accommodation costs for attending the Forum will than be reimbursed based on our travel process & policy.

    Second and Third Prize Winners

(Those who are ranked nr. 2 or nr. 3 in the Student or Professional category)

  • A cash prize of 800 EUR

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS

  • Complimentary virtual respectively in-person pass for the 13th Global Peter Drucker Forum, to be held as fully digital event with provision for additional in-person sessions on November 18 afternoon and November 19, if health and travel regulations allow
     
  • Invitation to attend the virtual Gala event with Awards ceremony on November 18
     
  • Opportunity to win the Special Recognition Award for the most original essay
     
  • Certificate with ranking
     
  • Invitation to join the exclusive Drucker Challenge Alumni Community on social media networks
     
  • One-year-all-access subscription to the Harvard Business Review
     
  • Ranking list and link to your essay on www.druckerchallenge.org, Drucker Forum Newsletter, and social media
     
  • Your essay may be re-published by your university/company with credits given to Peter Drucker Society Europe
     
  • Funding of travel expenses: If health regulations allow you may consider to travel to Vienna. Your international travel and accommodation costs for attending the Forum will than be reimbursed based on our travel process & policy.

Finalists Ranked Places 4 to 10

BENEFITS

  • Complimentary virtual respectively in-person pass for the 13th Global Peter Drucker Forum, to be held as fully digital event with provision for complementary in-person sessions on November 18 afternoon and November 19, if health and travel regulations allow
     
  • Invitation to attend the virtual Gala event with Awards ceremony on November 18
     
  • Opportunity to win the Special Recognition Award for the most original essay
     
  • Certificate with ranking. Your essay may be re-published by your university/company with credits given to Peter Drucker Society Europe
     
  • Invitation to join the exclusive Drucker Challenge Alumni Community on social media networks
     
  • One-year-all-access subscription to the Harvard Business Review
     
  • Ranking list and link to your essay on on www.druckerchallenge.org Your essay may be re-published by your university/company with credits given to Peter Drucker Society Europe
     
  • Funding of travel expenses: If health regulations allow you may consider to travel to Vienna. Your international travel and accommodation costs for attending the Forum will than be reimbursed based on our travel process & policy.

Places 11 to 15

(all equal without ranking)

BENEFITS

  • If you qualified for the Second Round of judging without being selected as one of the 10 finalists, you will be provided with a complimentary virtual respectively in-person pass for the 13th Global Peter Drucker Forum. You must make your own arrangements for travel and accommodation in order to attending the Forum in person. However, you will be eligible to win the Special Recognition Award for the most original essay
     
  • Certificate

Timeline:

  • MARCH 8 SUBMISSION OPEN
  • JUNE 7 SUBMISSION DEADLINE
  • NOV. 17 – 19 Global Peter Drucker Forum
  • NOV. 18 Winners and
  • Top 10 finalists will be announced in the Award ceremony

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Peter Drucker Challenge Essay Contest 2021

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