Peter Drucker Challenge Essay Contest for Students & Young Entrepreneurs

Peter Drucker Challenge Essay Contest for Students & Young Entrepreneurs

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.


  • The Challenge is open to students (Bachelor, Masters, MBA, and PhD) and young professionals, 18 to 35 years old (inclusive of both ages).

    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. However, you can participate in the 2022 Contest (if still meeting the age criteria of 18 – 35 years inclusive)

  • If you were previously a student (as per your application form) and are now embarking on a career at a university;

  • If you were previously a student (according to your application form) and meanwhile moved on to become a manager or entrepreneur

    Essay category requirements

  • You can submit one essay to participate as either a student or manager or entrepreneur (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

    Cash Prizes

    The prizes are as follows:

  • First Place (Gold): € 2.000

  • Second Place (Silver) € 1.200

  • Third Place (Bronze) € 1.000


  • A cash prize of 2.000 EUR

    Additional Benefits

  • Complimentary in-person pass for the 15th Global Peter Drucker Forum, to be held in Vienna, Austria on November 30 & December
    1, 2023

  • Invitation to attend the Gala event with Awards ceremony and to participate in a cultural program

  • Opportunity to win the Special Recognition Award for the most original essay

  • Certificate with ranking

  • Invitation to join the Drucker Challenge Alumni Community on social media networks

  • One-year-all-access subscription to the Harvard Business Review

  • Publication: Ranking list, link to your essay, your photo and bio on Your essay may be re-published by your university/company with credits given to Peter Drucker Society Europe

  • Funding of travel expenses: Your international travel and accommodation costs for attending the Forum will be reimbursed based on our travel process & policy.

    Essay FOrmat

  • Words: 1500 to 3000 (excluding footnotes and any graphics) as PDF or word document

  • Font size:12 points

  • Language:English

  • Deadline: May 31, 2023 at 16:00 CET (4:00 PM CET)

  • Anonymity:Your name must not be included anywhere in the essay

  • Exclusivity:Entries must be produced exclusively by you (no group work) for the specific purpose of this competition, and must not have been published elsewhere

  • Originality: The essay must be written entirely and exclusively by the participant. The essay must not be written with assistance from tools like Chat-GPT or similar software. Entries submitted thus will be disqualified and their authors will not be allowed to participate in the contest again.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Peter Drucker Challenge Essay Contest for Students & Young Entrepreneurs

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