Managers Not MBAs: A Hard Look at the Soft Practice of Managing and Management Development

Category: Book
By (author): Mintzberg, Henry
Subject:  BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Business Development
  BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General
  BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Management
  BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Training
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Published: May 2005
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 9.26in x 6.30in x 1.29in
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From The Publisher*The Financial Times called bestselling Canadian author Henry Mintzberg one of the Top 10 Management Thinkers in the world. "[A] constantly stimulating book ... It should be required reading for anyone who has the qualification, wants one, or just wonders what all the fuss is about." -Economist "Managers, Not MBAs is an inspiring and insightful book. It will revolutionize your thinking about what makes management education tick." -Globe and Mail This controversial and thought-provoking book is the most extensive critique of management education ever published. According to management expert Henry Mintzberg, MBA programs train the wrong people in the wrong ways-with the wrong consequences. They encourage calculating and heroic styles of management that damage our organizations and undermine our democratic institutions. The author takes a look at the practice of managing and suggests that we encourage a more engaging style that brings out the natural energy within people, leaving behind stronger organizations, not just higher share prices.
From The Publisher*Mintzberg explains in detail how to cultivate balanced, dedicated managers who practice a style that can be called "engaging," and how they can transform the business world and, ultimately, society.
From The Publisher*Thirty years ago, Mintzberg's bestseller "The Nature of Managerial Work sought to dispel the myths of the disconnected, overly analytical manager by observing a week in the lives of five chief executives. In a sense, "Managers Not MBAs is the sequel, delving as it does into current practice and the need for developing much better managers. The book examines what is wrong with both management education and management itself, and how both could be changed. Mintzberg explores the concept of management as a practice blending craft (experience) with art (insight) and some science (analysis). Conventional education in this realm, he says, encourages a "calculating" approach by overemphasizing the science, and a "heroic" approach by overstressing the art. Mintzberg argues instead for training balanced, dedicated managers who practice an "engaging" style, believing that their purpose is to leave behind stronger organizations, not just higher share prices.
Review Quote*"[A] constantly stimulating book ... It should be required reading for anyone who has the qualification, wants one, or just wonders what all the fuss is about." (Economist)
Review Quote*"Managers, Not MBAs is an inspiring and insightful book. It will revolutionize your thinking about what makes management education tick." (Globe and Mail)
Biographical NoteHenry Mintzberg (Montreal, Quebec) is Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at McGill University. He has been named an Officer of the Order of Canada and of l'Ordre National du Quebec. He is the author of 12 books, including Strategy Safari, The Rise a