your eligibility

In order to be eligible to participate in the contest you must meet the following General Requirements and Essay Category Requirements.

General Requirements

You must be between 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

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;

  • Or you are a licensed professional;
  • Or you are an entrepreneur or business owner;
  • Or you are a social volunteer or community leader.

Keep the essay format
for submission

Words1500 to 3000 (excluding footnotes and any graphics) as PDF or word document
Font size12 points


June 24, 4:00 PM CET

AnonymityYour name must not be mentioned in the essay
IndividualityEntries must be produced exclusively by you for the specific purpose of this competition, and must not have been published elsewhere. No group work.

Familiarize yourself
with the evaluation criteria

Essays will be evaluated according to the below criteria:

  • Your personal insights into the theme via the exploration and investigation of the cultural environment of which you are a part (the essay is meant to be personal, not academic or scientific, but you may include footnotes if you are citing specific facts or figures);
  • Your evaluation of whether or not Peter Drucker's human-centered approach can be applied to a society in the age of AI
  • Your provision of a compelling narrative and telling of a relevant story;
  • Your originality and style;
  • Your ability to express your thoughts in fluent English.

Get Inspired - Inspire Others

How do you feel about AI: a threat, a chance, or just a hype?
Wherever you stand on the scale between technomania and nostalgia
we invite you to provoke, warn, challenge, inspire.

The topic-related questions in the abstract are meant to triggering the thinking process, and not to be exhaustive.


We have to be brave enough to solve the most polarizing questions of our time


- Roger L. Martin

For general questions about the Drucker Challenge or the essay writing process,
please email Gregory Daniels.

About the Jury Process

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First Round

From end of June to end of July an international committee of reviewers selected by the Peter Drucker Society Europe evaluates and attributes a score to each entrant's essay, based on the above Essay Evaluation Criteria. The 20 entries in each category that receive the highest overall scores continue on to the Second Round.

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Second Round

From end of July to early August, a sub-committee of expert reviewers nominates the 10 finalists in each category who will continue on to the Final Round.

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Third Round

In the 1st half of August, an international jury of renowned businesspeople and academics attributes a score to the 10 entries in each category, identifying the 1st place winners, 2nd and 3rd place winners, and the finalists ranking 4th through 10th. The Final Round results will be published shortly thereafter on and via newsletter.


By submitting an essay to the Global Peter Drucker Challenge, you agree to be bound by the decisions of the judges and you waive your right to any legal challenge or action in response to a decision you may deem undesirable or disagreeable.

Judging Panel

Stefan Güldenberg
Dean of the Graduate School, Chair of International Management at the Department of Entrepreneurship, University of Liechtenstein, Vaduz

Julia Kirby
Senior Editor, Harvard University Press, Author (with Thomas Davenport) of "Only Humans need apply: Winners & Losers in the Age of Smart Machines"

Elizabeth Edersheim
Founder New York Consulting Partners, Author of “McKinsey’s Marvin Bower” and “The Definitive Drucker