A LEADING academic from Oswestry has received international acclaim for his latest work, which has lessons for businesses amid the global recession caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Professor Peter Starbuck’s 52-page study – The Concept of Leadership – is aimed at executives and managers and has found a global readership, going down particularly well in China.

His thesis draws from the writings of Peter F Drucker (1909-2005), the Austrian-born American management consultant and author, whose writings contributed to the foundations of the modern business corporation.

Oswestry-based Dr Starbuck wrote the book during lockdown, and has received the major recognition of being published by The Drucker Society Europe, something he is very pleased about.

“I’m delighted to be published by such an august body,” said the 84-year-old.

“I am pleased to have any opportunity to promote the writings of Peter Drucker, which have so much to tell us today as the world faces an economic crisis brought on by the Covid-19 Pandemic.”

Dr Starbuck has read all of Drucker’s books and papers and his extensive research into the man has resulted in six books of his own.

“What I discovered in all organisations – public, private and voluntary sector – was that if they applied Drucker’s ideas, they succeed while in contrast if they did not, then, at the very least, they struggled or, at worst, failed.”

Concept of Leadership deals with issues such as managing all corporations and being an effective executive.

Dr Starbuck’s 750-book Drucker-related research library is housed within University Centre Shrewsbury and there are plans to incorporate Dr Starbuck’s work into the syllabi.

In 2015, he became only the third honorary member of the Global Drucker Forum, held every autumn in Drucker’s birthplace of Vienna.

He joined American, Professor Joseph Maciarello, who worked with Drucker for 26 years at Claremont, California, and world-renowned Irish management philosopher Charles Handy CBE. Handy described Peter Starbuck’s work on Drucker as “indefatigable”.