Henry Mintzberg is Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies, at the Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University in Montreal. His work has focused on the work of the manager, and how managers are trained and developed.The author or co-author of 15 books, Mintzberg is, perhaps, best known for his work on organizational forms – identifying five types of organization: simple structure; machine bureaucracy; professional bureaucracy; the divisionalized form; and the adhocracy. He is also credited with advancing the idea of emergent strategy – the idea that effective strategy emerges from conversations within an organization rather than being imposed from on high.
Cheerfully contrarian, Mintzberg is a long time critic of traditional MBA programs. In his first book, The Nature of Managerial Work (1973) challenged the established thinking about the role of the manager, and is one of the few books that actually examine what managers do, rather than discussing what they should do. Other highlights include The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning (1994); Managers not MBAs (2004), and Managing (2009).
Henry Mintzberg’s Articles on the Thinkers50 Blog
- Henry Mintzberg: Practical Radical
To celebrate Henry Mintzberg receiving the Thinkers50 Lifetime Achievement Award we re-visit our 2001 interview with him. While most academics […]
- The Nature of Managerial Work
To celebrate Henry Mintzberg receiving the Thinkers50 Lifetime Achievement Award we take a look at his first classic book: The […]
- Mintzberg On Strategic Planning
To celebrate Henry Mintzberg receiving the Thinkers50 Lifetime Achievement Award we take a look at his classic book: The Rise […]
- What I Really Think: The Best is Too Low a Standard
In 1997, Stuart Crainer met me at Heathrow Airport as I arrived overnight from Montreal. It was the only time […]