your eligibility

In order to be eligible to participate in the contest you must meet the following General Requirements and Essay Category Requirements.

General Requirements

You must be between 18-35 years old (inclusive of both ages);
You must have been selected no more than once (or not at all) among the top 10 since 2010.

Essay Category Requirements

Student category
You are a part-time or full-time student (bachelor, master, MBA, or PhD);
Or you are seeking your first opportunity after the completion of your last degree.

Professional category
You are a manager of people, projects, budgets, and/or processes;

  • Or you are a licensed professional;
  • Or you are an entrepreneur or business owner;
  • Or you are a social volunteer or community leader.

Keep the essay format
for submission

Words1500 to 3000 (excluding footnotes and any graphics) as PDF or word document
Font size12 points
DeadlineJuly 15, 2017, 16:00 CET
AnonymityYour name must not be mentioned in the essay
IndividualityEntries must be produced exclusively by you for the specific purpose of this competition, and must not have been published elsewhere. No group work.

Familiarize yourself
with the evaluation criteria

Essays will be evaluated according to the below criteria:

  • Your personal insights into the theme via the exploration and investigation of the cultural environment of which you are a part (the essay is meant to be personal, not academic or scientific, but you may include footnotes if you are citing specific facts or figures);
  • Your evaluation of whether or not Peter Drucker's ideas on the overarching responsibility of management are still meaningful today;
  • Your provision of a compelling narrative and telling of a relevant story;
  • Your originality and style;
  • Your ability to express your thoughts in fluent English.

Get Inspired - Inspire Others

When first outlining your essay, please keep in mind that it should be grounded in your present reality — it should not advocate a specific ideology, or futuristic or wishful thinking.

Your essay should seek to advance realistic ways in which the ideals of the topic may be realized. The following quote by Derek Parfit may serve as inspiration:

"Life can be wonderful as well as terrible and we shall increasingly have the power to make life good."
- Derek Parfit

The topic-related questions are meant to triggering the thinking process, and not to be cxhaustive.

For further inspiration:
Books/articles by/on Peter Drucker's thinking with reference to the theme; Abstract for the Global Peter Drucker Forum 2017;
Kick-off Article on HBR and HBM and the German version.


For general questions about the Drucker Challenge or the essay writing process,
please email Gregory Daniels.


About the Jury Process

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First Round

In early August an international committee of reviewers selected by the Peter Drucker Society Europe evaluates and attributes a score to each entrant's essay, based on the above Essay Evaluation Criteria. The 15 entries in each category that receive the highest overall scores continue on to the Second Round.

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Second Round

In mid- to late August, a sub-committee of expert reviewers nominates the 10 finalists in each category who will continue on to the Final Round.

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Third Round

By the end of August or beginning of September, an international jury of renowned businesspeople and academics attributes a score to the 10 entries in each category, identifying the 1st place winners, 2nd and 3rd place winners, and the finalists ranking 4th through 10th.
The Final Round results will be published shortly thereafter on and via newsletter.

By submitting an essay to the Global Peter Drucker Challenge, you agree to be bound by the decisions of the judges and you waive your right to any legal challenge or action in response to a decision you may deem undesirable or disagreeable.