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

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In his new book, Henry Mintzberg offers a sweeping critique of how managers are educated and how management, as a result, is practiced, and makes thoughtful-and controversial-recommendations for reforming both. Management, Mintzberg writes, is a practice that blends a great deal of craft (experience) with a certain amount of art (insight) and some science (analysis). Becau ...more
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Published July 15th 2005 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers (first published January 1st 2004)
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Mar 08, 2012 Vince rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mintzberg spends a lot of time telling us what's wrong with the MBA and then a lot of time telling us why his IMPM is better. But, in spite of too many words and a bit too much idealism, we can clearly learn a few things from Mintzberg.

Mintzberg hammers MBA programs on two fronts: they mostly cater to managerial novices, and they focus on the B (as in Business analysis) rather than the A (i.e. Management). He makes a compelling case that management cannot be taught to novices, and that good mana
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Jan 04, 2008 Ryan Giles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Future, current, and past MBAs
Hard hitting book that really calls into question the value of the MBA. It looks at how MBA CEOs have fared (bad), how schools recruit MBAs (poorly), and what value MBA students offer to society in general (very little).
Bjorn Hardarson
At the same time I am one of those that believes in education as most valuable tools for developing skills we should never overestimate it and most of the time good combination of both learning by doing and education is best practice for success. I have gone through education learning to make the business plans, marketing plans and et.c. but also like the books like Rework that tells you to drop all that. This book is not like Rework but comprehensive way of describing the difference between MBA ...more
Christophe Druet
Thoughtful and controversial view of MBAs. Definitely to read before deciding to enroll into a MBA program! You'll learn what MBA does, what it does not, what it should do and how it should do it. You will also discover more about your own motives for doing a MBA and what managing is and how to learn managing.
Jun 30, 2012 Pascal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A lot of good points are made throughout the book however you can't help to put it into perspective when you know that Mintzberg himself has put his own kind of, very expensive, MBA in production. Most of this book reads very auto promotional to me...
Aug 14, 2008 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agree w/ some points that you don't learn how to lead in many b-school classes (though some are fantastic for it) but not necessarily w/ his conclusions on what to do
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Professor Henry Mintzberg, OC , OQ , Ph.D. , D.h.c. , FRSC (born September 2, 1939) is an internationally renowned academic and author on business and 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 ...more
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