The Peter Drucker Challenge 2020

Deadline: 24 May 2020
Open to: full-time students (BA, MA, MBA or PhD) between 18 to 35 y/o
Awards: a prize of EUR 1,500


What makes someone an effective leader? For one thing, people look for leadership from those they trust to exercise good judgment. Not every decision can be simply data-driven; many involve difficult tradeoffs among competing priorities or calls that must be made based on limited information (as in making plans for the future). Great leaders are able to objectively analyze these complex and often politicized situations and arrive at their own conclusions. They have a high capacity, in other words, for critical thinking.

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?

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.


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

Essay category requirements:
– The applicant can submit one essay to participate as either a student or a professional
(please mention your main occupation in the submission form)

Student category:
– The applicant is a part-time or full-time student (bachelor, master, MBA, or Ph.D.) or is seeking your first opportunity after the completion of your last degree
Professional category

The applicant is a:
– manager of people, projects, budgets, and/or processes
– an entrepreneur or business owner
– licensed professional
– social volunteer or community leader


The candidate can win a EUR 1.500 prize, reimbursement of the travel and accommodation costs to attend the Drucker Forum in Vienna, Austria, and a 1-year all-access subscription to the Harvard Business Review, depending on how your essay places.

How to Apply?

For more information and how to apply, please visit the official web page.