The Peter Drucker Challenge Essay Contest 2020, if you are interested in essay contest application is open to students and young professionals.
Annually the Drucker Society Europe holds the Peter Drucker Challenge Essay Contest for students and young professional.
Your essay should offer a point of view on whether the emerging generation of leaders is being sufficiently prepared to exercise the critical thinking required of them.
What conditions of the twenty-first century are making this more difficult—or in what ways is critical thinking better supported than in the past?
Why Peter Druckers Challenge Essay Contest
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. The Peter Drucker Challenge is a personal essay contest, although narratives are often related to the topic in an analytical way and claims are supported by evidence.
Each year, the Drucker Society Europe with the aim of contributing to the evolution of management as a vital piece of a functioning modern society hosts the Global Peter Drucker Challenge and forum, a crystallizing event where decision makers convene to discuss the future of management in a pragmatic and solution-oriented manner.
Showcasing your own powers of independent thought, your essay might address matters such as the following:
How can one discern truth in the jungle of rumor, media, social media posts, websites, analytics, statistics, influencers, etc.?
How do you develop, expand, retain critical thinking skills in yourself?
What actions would you recommend to cultivate more critical thinking—whether at the level of the individual, the team, across society or cultures?
How can we benefit from cultural differences in thinking styles-for example, between East and West?
What lessons have you learned from observing leaders who have exercised good (or bad!) judgment?
Essay Submission Deadline
The international essay competition submission closes May 24, 2020 4:00 PM (CET)
Eligibility and Requirements
Are you interested in the essay contest? Check your eligibility
In order to participate in the contest, you must meet both the general requirements and essay category 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)
- 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
- You are a manager of people, projects, budgets, and/or processes
- An entrepreneur or business owner
- Licensed professional
- Social volunteer or community leader
Value/Benefit of Essay
The essay contest has a value worht a cash prize of 1.500 EUR (to be handed over at Awards ceremony)
Free participation and waived registration fee (regular fee +/- € 2,000) for the 12th Global Peter Drucker Forum to be held in Vienna on October 29-30, 2020 at the Imperial Palace (Hofburg) (including conference bag and brochure, buffet lunches, and coffee breaks at the conference venue)
Invitation to pre-conference events on October 28:
Morning: Drucker Forum Specials (more to come)
Afternoon: Drucker Challenge Get-Together (with partner) – opportunity to network with peers, Drucker Challenge team and Jury in a Viennese cosy atmosphere!
Evening: Networking Reception at House of Industry (with partner) – opportunity to mingle with the Drucker Forum family
Invitation to the Gala event on October 29 with seated dinner and Awards ceremony (with partner)
Sightseeing or Museum tour with an experienced guide (upon request)
Opportunity to win the Special Recognition Award for the most original essay
Certificate with ranking
on this website plus Drucker Forum newsletter and Forum Community newsletter. 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 publication of essay
Funding of travel expenses: Your international travel and accommodation costs for attending the Forum will be reimbursed based on our travel process & policy. If you need visa to travel to Austria, we will advise early travel arrangements.
Please note: Candidates from all around the world are invited familiarize theirselves with the evaluation criteria.
NO entry fees to be paid by applicants.
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 article on Managing Oneself
Keep to the essay format for submission,the following are the format for the essay;
1500 to 3000 words (excluding footnotes and any graphics) as PDF or word document.
Essay need to be 12 points font size.
Essay written in English language.
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
How To Apply for Drucker Challenge Essay Contest
Submit an essay for contest, if you are interested in the Peter Drucker Challenge Essay Contest
Follow the procedure steps for apply for the essay contest.
Step 1: Fill the essay form with your personal details and information required and upload your written essay.
Step 2: In case you encounter problems with uploading, please send your file and information to firstname.lastname@example.org
BEFORE May 24, 2020, 16:00 CET (4:00 PM CET)
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