your eligibility

In order to participate in the contest, you must meet both the general requirements and essay category requirements.

General requirements

  • You must be 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
You can submit one essay to participate as either a student or a professional
(please mention your main occupation in the submission form)

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
  • an entrepreneur or business owner
  • licensed professional
  • social volunteer or community leader

Keep to the essay format
for submission

Words1500 to 3000 (excluding footnotes and any graphics) as PDF or word document
Font size12 points


June 7, 2021 at 16:00 CET (4:00 PM CET)


Your name must not be included anywhere in the essay


Entries must be produced exclusively by you (no group work) for the specific purpose of this competition, and must not have been published elsewhere

Topic-related questions

The suggested questions on the landing page are meant to trigger the thinking process, and not to be exhaustive. While you can write to one of these questions, you may also craft a question or topic of your own choosing that fits within the larger theme.

To submit your Essay

Go to SUBMISSION in the main menu, fill in the form and upload your essay.

In case you encounter problems with uploading, please send your file and information to essay@druckerchallenge.org BEFORE June 7, 2021, 16:00 CET (4:00 PM CET)

Please note:

  • NO entry fees to be paid
  • Authors from all around the world are invited

Familiarize yourself
with the evaluation criteria

The jury will assess your ability to analyze, synthesize and produce a coherent and impactful essay, specifically

  • Your personal insights and original thoughts about the topic
  • Your story-telling style and ability to communicate fluently in English
  • Your research and citations of primary and secondary sources
  • Your conclusions that could be drawn from Peter Drucker’s books and articles

About the Jury Process

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First Round

From mid of June onwards, 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 20 entries in each category that receive the highest overall scores continue to the Second Round. Entrants will not receive any notice of essay status at the conclusion of this round.

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Second Round

In July, a sub-committee of expert reviewers nominates the 10 finalists in each category who will continue to the Final Round. The 10 finalists in each category will be notified of essay status at the conclusion of this round.

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Third Round

End of July, 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. Shortly thereafter, the Final Round results will be published on this website and announced via Drucker Challenge newsletter. The winners and finalists in each category will be notified of essay status via email.

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 any such decision you deem undesirable or disagreeable.

General terms & conditions

Your essay and requested info must be provided by the deadline or the submission will be disqualified without notice.

The submission may be reproduced, in whole or part, for editorial and promotional purposes.

All submissions and photos on which you are depicted become the property of Peter Drucker Society Europe.

Please note!

Benefits are subject to change without notice. Any changes will be published on this website

No cash disbursement for travel and hotel costs or the waived conference fee will be made

Local travel and miscellaneous costs before, during or after the conference will not be covered

Please consult our FAQ page