The Drucker Institute Adds the “Kenneth Hopper Papers on Management” to its Archival Holdings

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The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University introduced today a new collection, the Kenneth Hopper Papers on Management, to its archival holdings.

While Drucker’s papers will always remain the core of our archives, we are actively seeking to bring in other material that will illuminate the fields of management and leadership. The Kenneth Hopper Papers is a wonderful step in that direction.

The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University introduced today a new collection, the Kenneth Hopper Papers on Management, to its archival holdings.

Donated by Kenneth and Claire Hopper, the collection comprises his records from a long career in industrial management and consultancy in the U.K., the U.S., Ireland, Continental Europe and Japan. A major part of the collection includes original correspondence, manuals, memoirs and other documents related to the Civil Communications Section (CCS) under General MacArthur’s command in Tokyo after World War II. These papers tell the story of how the Americans shared their industrial management know-how with some very able Japanese, eventually giving rise to the Asian Economic Miracle.

The Hopper Papers have been augmented by material donated by the families of Charles Protzman and Frank Polkinghorn, two of the CCS engineers who went to Tokyo after the war.

“I am delighted that this collection, which I’ve assembled over a lifetime, has found such a good home,” said Ken Hopper. “The lessons that these documents hold are invaluable for management scholars and practitioners around the world.”

Kenneth is co-author with his brother, William Hopper, of The Puritan Gift: Reclaiming the American Dream Amidst Global Financial Chaos, which in 2009 was called “one of the most important business books of the past decade” by the Financial Times. In 2010, the Hoppers were named Writers-in-Residence at the Drucker Institute.

The Kenneth Hopper Papers on Management will accompany the Drucker Institute’s other collections: the Drucker Archives and Connie Martinson Talks Books, on the Claremont Colleges Digital Library website.

“It’s exciting to be expanding our holdings beyond those of Peter Drucker,” said Bridget Lawlor, the archivist at the Drucker Institute. “While Drucker’s papers will always remain the core of our archives, we are actively seeking to bring in other material that will illuminate the fields of management and leadership. The Kenneth Hopper Papers is a wonderful step in that direction.”

Under the direction of the Drucker Institute, the Kenneth Hopper Papers on Management will be digitized and material will be added on an ongoing basis.

About the Drucker Institute
The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University is a think tank and action tank whose purpose is to better society by stimulating effective management and responsible leadership. It does this, in large part, by advancing the ideas and ideals of the late Peter F. Drucker, the father of modern management.

To meet its mission, the Institute hosts collaborative forums for executives from across all sectors; works with high school and middle school students to teach them basic management principles and equip them with lifelong tools for effectiveness; produces curricular material that distills Drucker’s decades of leading-edge thinking, including a management training system called the Drucker Management Path; and acts as a hub for a worldwide network of Drucker Societies: volunteer-driven organizations that are using Drucker’s teachings to bring about positive change in their local communities.

In addition, the Institute maintains a digital archive of Drucker’s papers and other holdings related to the fields of management and leadership; undertakes research that builds on Drucker’s writings; offers an annual $100,000 prize for nonprofit innovation; applies Drucker’s work to current events (through a regular online column in Bloomberg Businessweek by Institute Executive Director Rick Wartzman and through a blog called the Drucker Exchange); and hosts visiting fellows with Drucker-like insights and values.

The Institute is a close affiliate of the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, which is training the next generation of leaders and managers to do good while they do well.

For more on the Drucker Institute, please visit: http://www.druckerinstitute.com

About Claremont Graduate University
Founded in 1925, Claremont Graduate University is one of the top graduate schools in the United States. Our nine academic schools conduct leading-edge research and award masters and doctoral degrees in 22 disciplines. Because the world’s problems are not simple nor easily defined, diverse faculty and students research and study across the traditional discipline boundaries to create new and practical solutions for the major problems plaguing our world. A Southern California-based graduate school devoted entirely to graduate research and study, CGU boasts a low student-to-faculty ratio.

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