Management? It's Not What You Think!

 Management? It's Not What You Think!

Authors: Henry Mintzberg, Bruce Ahlstrand, Joseph Lampel
Pub Date: September 2010
Print Edition: $22.00
Print ISBN: 9780814416846
Page Count: 192
Format: Hardback

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About Henry Mintzberg

Henry Mintzberg is a dominant, celebrated figure in the field of management. Ranked in the top ten in the Wall Street Journal’s most recent list of influential business thinkers, he has a reputation for breaking conventions, challenging assumptions, and contributing pathbreaking ideas, all rooted in the real work of companies.

An academic for most of his professional life, Mintzberg is Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at McGill University. Located in Montreal, Canada, McGill is recognized worldwide for its award-winning research and collaboration with esteemed research organizations. McGill has also moved up in the prestigious Times Higher Education-QS world university rankings for 2009, placing 18th. It’s the sixth year in a row McGill has ranked in the Top 25, the only Canadian school in that elite group. Climbing higher this year reinforces the University’s position among the upper levels of higher learning worldwide. They are also ranked as the leading public university in North America again for 2009.*

On the faculty of McGill since graduating with a doctorate from MIT in 1968 (he earned his undergraduate degree from McGill, in Mechanical Engineering), Mintzberg has been a visiting professor at other universities in Canada, the United States, and Europe, including INSEAD, the noted business school outside Paris.

Along with teaching and research, Mintzberg is devoted to writing about management, strategy, and forms of organizing. He has published about 150 articles and 15 books. Widely acclaimed from his publishing debut, The Nature of Managerial Work, his books include Strategy Bites Back, Managers not MBAs, and a whimsical detour, The Flying Circus: Tales of a Tormented Traveler. His latest book presents an irreverent yet thought-provoking take on the subject he knows best, Management? It’s Not What You Think! (AMACOM 2010).

For much of the past decade, Mintzberg has been working with colleagues from Canada, England, France, India, and Japan to develop new approaches to management education and development. Their labor has yielded three novel programs at McGill: The International Masters in Practicing Management, the Advanced Leadership Program, and the International Masters for Health Leadership. In addition, Mintzberg is a co-creator of, which enables practicing managers to develop themselves in small groups.

Henry Mintzberg has won many prestigious awards and honors. Among them, he was elected as an Officer of the Order of Canada and of l'Ordre national du Quebec, selected as Distinguished Scholar for the year 2000 by the Academy of Management, and received two McKinsey prizes for articles in the Harvard Business Review.

While he spends his public life dealing with organizations, Mintzberg prefers to spend his private life escaping from them. He enjoys bicycling on quiet roads, climbing mountains, and spending time in the Laurentian wilderness of Canada atop cross-country skis or in a canoe—alone or in the company of his favorite companions: his wife, Sasha; his daughters, Susie and Lisa; and his grandchildren, Laura and Tomas. He divides his time between Montreal and Europe.


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