Peter Drucker Challenge Essay Competition 2019
  • Vienna

The essay competition for 2019 of Peter Drucker Challenge is back this year with the topic “The Value of the Renaissance Manager”.

What makes the Contest unique?

Keeping the human-oriented management philosophy of Peter Drucker alive in the minds of the young generation- is the main concern of the essay competition 2019.

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Since the late Middle Ages, the notion of the “Renaissance Man” has celebrated those people who are well-rounded, broadly knowledgeable and capable across the arts and the sciences, and able to approach problems holistically. This year marks the five hundredth year since the passing of the world’s most famous Renaissance Man: Leonardo da Vinci, the Italian polymath who simultaneously excelled as scientist, engineer, writer, artist, and musician.

Today, highly educated people tend more toward specialization, but in settings that still encourage cross-disciplinary thinking, people are more likely to …

  • Challenge outdated assumptions and conventions of thought and behavior,
  • Explore and discover new realms of artistic, physical, and intellectual achievement, and
  • Develop different and broader visions of themselves.

The renowned twentieth-century thinker Peter Drucker offers a modern exemplar of a Renaissance Man in the field of management—itself a multidisciplinary subject. In an age when the work of running organizations was typically approached as an engineering and optimization challenge, he described management as a “liberal art.” Its best practitioners, he insisted, have always drawn on the wisdom, self-knowledge, and enlightened understanding that comes with a liberal education and continually refined their “art” through practice and application.

Drucker lived long after da Vinci, yet shared some of the Renaissance master’s fundamental traits. Both were unusual in their intellect and talents; each was driven by an insatiable curiosity about the world around him; neither conformed to the mainstream mind-set. Like da Vinci, Drucker was born in a period of great social change, when the need for continuity (and reverence of tradition) was challenged by the need for innovation (and radical thinking). Both adopted a whole-systems perspective as they looked for connections and patterns. For leaders, organizations, governments, and individuals today, both offer inspiring examples of the power of breaking rigid thinking patterns.




The contestants who secures the top 10 positions will be provided with the following benefits –

  • A cash prize of € 1,000 (to be given to the person securing the first position at awards ceremony)
  • Free participation and waived registration fee (regular fee +/- € 2,000) for the 11th Global Peter Drucker Forum to be held in Vienna on November 21-22, 2019 at the
  • Imperial Palace (Hofburg) (including conference bag and brochure, buffet lunches, and coffee breaks at the conference venue)
  • Funding of travel expenses: As a winner, the international travel and accommodation costs for attending the Forum will be reimbursed based on their travel process & policy.
  • Invitation to pre-conference events on November 20
  • Invitation to the Young Generation Luncheon events at Hofburg
  • Invitation to the Gala event on November 21 with seated dinner and awards ceremony (with partner)
  • Opportunity to network with top management thinkers and practitioners during coffee breaks
  • Certificate with ranking
  • Ranking list and publication of essay on this website
  • Invitation to join the exclusive Drucker Challenge Alumni Community on social media networks (for top 3 positions)
  • One-year-all-access subscription to the Harvard Business Review


General requirements

  • The applicant must be 18-35 years old (inclusive of both ages)
  • He/she must have been selected no more than once (or not at all) among the top 10 since 2010

Essay category requirements

  • One can submit one essay to participate as either a student or a professional

Student category

  • The applicant must be a part-time or full-time student (bachelor, master, MBA, or PhD) or he/she is seeking his/her first opportunity after the completion of his/her last degree.

Professional category

The applicant must be

  • A manager of people, projects, budgets, and/or processes
  • An entrepreneur or business owner
  • A licensed professional
  • A social volunteer or community leader
Eligible Regions: Open for All

Application Process

  • Go to SUBMISSION in the main menu of the official website
  • Fill in the form and upload the essay

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Application Deadline: June 24, 2019

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