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Henry Mintzberg, Academic

Henry Mintzberg
Henry Mintzberg

One book: Big one with lots of pictures, few words (eg, great photographs)
One newspaper: No newspaper!
One favorite Web site: No Web site!!
One gadget: An ATM (that works)
One plane ticket: Back home

What are you reading?

I'm in-between. Did not like Kundera's latest book, "Ignorance" (just finished).

Who's been your biggest influence?

An uncle (businessman) who said that being an academic is wonderful.

What's your biggest mistake?

Plenty of little ones; no big one comes to mind.

Is management an art or a science?

It's a craft, with bits of art and science

What do you reach for on your desk when the fire alarm goes off?

My coat (its been -20 here)

Curriculum Vitae

Born: Montreal, 1939

  • Named Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at McGill University, Montreal, in 1996. Also a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the International Academy of Management, the Academy of Mangement and the World Academy of Productivity Sciences.
  • Author of more than 10 books and 130 articles, most recently "Managers Not MBAs: A hard look at the soft practice of managing and management development".
  • Devised the International Masters in Practicing Management (IMPM) as an alternative to the MBA, with more emphasis on actual management issues and less on classroom theory. Students must be practicing managers and sponsored by their company, The course consists of two-week modules spread over 16 months and five countries: Canada, France, India, Japan and the U.K.
  • Enjoys cycling, cross-country skiing and canoeing.
  • He says: "The MBA is a fabulous design for learning about business. But if you're trying to train managers, it's dead wrong. The MBA trains the wrong people in the wrong ways for the wrong reasons."

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