Peter Drucker Challenge Essay Contest - Scholastic World


Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Peter Drucker Challenge Essay Contest

The Peter Drucker Society Europe  invites students and young professionals from across the world to submit an essay.

11th edition of the international Drucker Challenge Essay Contest, on

How to foster critical thinking skills in critical times?
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?

Open to students and young professionals from all around the world

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

Words 1500 to 3000 (excluding footnotes and any graphics) as PDF or word document
Font size 12 points
Language English

May 24, 2020 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

A cash prize of € 1,500 (to be given 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.

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