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Henry Mintzberg

Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies, McGill University

I received my doctorate from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1968 and returned to McGill University, where I hold the Cleghorn Professorship of Management Studies. I have published 180 articles and 19 books, including Managers not MBAs (2004}, Simply Managing (2013), Rebalancing Society (2015), and Managing the Myths of Health Care (2017).  In recent years, I have done more general writing, including a TWOG (tweet2blog: @mintzberg141 to mintzberg.org/blog), as “provocative fun in a page or 2 beyond pithy pronouncements in a line or 2.” I have worked for much of the past two decades developing new approaches to management education and development, to enable managers to learn from their own experience. (See impm.org and imhl.org.) Otherwise, I continue to spend my public life dealing with organizations and my private life escaping from them—in a canoe, up mountains, atop skates, and on a bicycle.
The Rest Of The World Couldn't Vote, But We Can

The Rest Of The World Couldn't Vote, But We Can Act

We in Canada, along with many other people around the world, did not get to vote in the recent American election -- yet we are meant to suffer the international consequences of it. Shall we sit back, as usual, and watch events unfold, including the possibly catastrophic effects of climate change left unchecked?
11/22/2016 01:05 EST
Are American Voters Trumped Both

Are American Voters Trumped Both Ways?

How is anyone to believe that either candidate will deal with the deeply-rooted problems of America today: income disparities, the legal corruption of political donations, a warming globe that needs to be cooled, crony capitalism that has harmed so much of the American middle class? Add to this the ultimate problem: an uncanny tendency to deal with all these fires by repeatedly pouring oil on them.
09/15/2016 12:49 EDT
World Social Forum: On The Earth, For The

World Social Forum: On The Earth, For The Earth

The WSF attracts activists, organizes its conferences around "self-managed workshops" and promotes collaboration -- what I like to call communityship in contrast to leadership. This is a meet-up of people concerned less about doing deals than about the consequences of such deals.
07/13/2016 12:58 EDT
Canada Welcomes The Return Of Liberal

Canada Welcomes The Return Of Liberal Democracy

Now Justin Trudeau is defining Canada, at home and abroad. But of course, Canada has defined Justin Trudeau. Can we imagine anyone who is more quintessentially Canadian, in his open, compassionate, and thoughtful style; and thoroughly bilingual, to boot?
01/14/2016 07:32 EST
We Still Need to Talk About the Globe's Bizarre

We Still Need to Talk About the Globe's Bizarre Endorsement

Had millions of Canadians taken the bait, on Monday evening we could have heard the following from a victory stage in Calgary: "The Canadian people have spoken -- giving me four more years in the job I love, which allows me to make all the decisions. But the Globe and Mail has spoken too. So, to do the noble thing yet again. I hereby tender my resignation. Bye."
10/23/2015 10:53 EDT
Charest is no Putin. Poutine,

Charest is no Putin. Poutine, Maybe.

How ironic that the most extensive demonstrations we have seen to date in North America have concerned not unemployment, global warming, or the notorious one per cent, but the tuition that Quebec students have to pay for the benefits of a college education. Now two professors at the University of Montreal have likened Quebec to Putin's Russia.
06/08/2012 05:11 EDT