Henry Mintzberg

Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies McGill University, Montreal

"internationally renowned academic "

alt text Professor Henry Mintzberg, (born September 2, 1939) is an internationally renowned academic and author on business and strategic management.

He is currently the Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at the Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where he has been teaching since 1968, after earning his Master's degree in Management (M.B.A.) and Ph.D. from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1965 and 1968 respectively.

Henry Mintzberg writes prolifically on the topics of management and business strategy, with more than 140 articles and thirteen books to his name.

His seminal book, The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning, criticizes some of the practices of strategic planning today and is considered required reading for anyone who seriously wants to consider taking on a strategy-making role within their organization.

He recently published a book entitled Managers Not MBAs which outlines what he believes to be wrong with management education today.

Rather controversially, He singles out prestigious graduate management schools like Harvard Business School and the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania as examples of how obsession with numbers and an over-zealous attempt at making management into a science actually can damage the discipline of management.

He also suggests that a new masters program, targeted at practicing managers (as opposed to younger students with little real world experience), and emphasizing practical issues, may be more suitable.

Ironically, although Professor Mintzberg is quite critical about the strategy consulting business, he has twice won the McKinsey Award for publishing the best article in the Harvard Business Review.

In 1997 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 1998 he was made an Officer of the National Order of Quebec.

He is married to Sasha Sadilova and has two children, Susie and Lisa.


Henry Mintzberg is one of the most interesting of management thinkers. He has made a major contribution to the study of strategy as a craft, the roles of managers, and management education.

He has generally eschewed the guru seminar trail and forged a unique intellectual path.

His approach to the areas he has researched has been similar. He is never content to accept what he is told or follow the established line.

He prefers to take the mechanism apart to see for himself how it works.

His characteristic approach is shown when he examines what managers really do, instead of accepting what they say they do or telling them what they ought to do, and when he investigates the field of strategy, the area where he carried out perhaps his most influential work.

About the Strategy Guru:

Tom Peters named his favourite book of the past 25 years, "no contest," Henry Mintzberg's Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning.

Mintzberg has also authored twelve other books, including the recent and controversial Managers Not MBAs and now Strategy Bites Back, about which a reviewer wrote recently 'This is a naughty book, a really cheeky little brat of a book which ought to be spanked soundly and sent to bed without any supper.

Except that, if you did that, you would be missing out on a delightful, entertaining smorgasbord of advice, insights, red herrings, and jokes that together make up a classic text for business leaders." Stefan Stern, Business Voice.

Mintzberg has won honours for his work from prominent practitioner and academic management communities: he is twice winner of the prestigious McKinsey awards for top articles in the Harvard Business Review and in the year 2000 received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Academy of Management, which brings together management academics from around the world.

Named as an officer of the Order of Canada, he has also received thirteen honorary degrees from universities around the world.

Mintzberg is the Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at McGill University in Montreal, and has spent much of the past ten years with colleagues from five countries establishing a new generation of programs for management and organization development, all rather novel ways to help managers learn from their own experience.

Dr. Henry Mintzberg spends his public life dealing with organizations and his private life escaping from them.

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