|"Mintzberg on Management"|
updated 2011 Sept 26
Prof. Henry Mintzberg, O.C.
Other books well known authored
by Mintzberg and used to discuss and teach "strategy"
2004 "Managers not MBAs"
2007 "Tracking Strategies"
a discussion of his 1989 book
|The video segment to the
left represents the first 10 points in Chapter 17
7 min 16 secs
This video was made Sept 24th 2012 (uploaded Sept 26th) in the MGTC41 course "Corporate Strategy", an undergraduate course in the Dept. of Management at the University of Toronto. The commentary and opinions expressed are those of Tim Richardson and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the department, or any other faculty in the department.
Prof. Mintzberg is a very
well known professor and his writing, speeches, articles and positions
have been dissected and commented upon by academics much more experienced
than the undersigned.
|youtube.com/watch?v=5iCXLRg8pjM||The video segment to the
left represents the
11th - 20th points in Chapter 17
|youtube.com/watch?v=TseWk3QY4QI||The video segment to the
left represents the
21st - 27th points in Chapter 17
critqued by Costin
basic argument against existing MBA programs can be divided into two parts.
According to him MBA programs pretend to teach management, but in practice
do not, because management can not be taught. Still, managerial experience
can fruitfully be reflected upon by experienced practicing managers, the
approach Mintzberg suggests.
|In 2006 Jeanette Purcell, Chief Executive of the Association of MBAs (american) debated MBA critic Professor Henry Mintzberg at a conference in London||"In Session
1, Mintzberg examined some “half truths of management”. The first
was “we live in great times of change” – but Mintzberg prefers to suggest
that we only notice the things that change, not the many aspects of life
that remain static, such as the enduring use of the humble button.
Next was “things are becoming more global”. Mintzberg argues that very few businesses are truly global. He suggested that “worldly” is a better descriptor for many business activities.
Against the assertion that “management sits on top”, he argued that management should be involved at all levels and a concentric model for management should be adopted.
Finally “organisations need heroic leaders” – Mintzberg suggested that engaging managers would be more effective.
Not surprisingly Mintzberg also presented his well known challenge that MBA programmes do not develop managers. Management can’t be taught, he claimed, but can only be learnt by experience"