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

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In this sweeping critique of how managers are educated and how, as a consequence, management is practiced, Henry Mintzberg offers thoughtful and controversial ideas for reforming both.

"The MBA trains the wrong people in the wrong ways with the wrong consequences," Mintzberg writes. "Using the classroom to help develop people already practicing management is a fine idea, bu
Paperback, 464 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers (first published January 1st 2004)
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Jan 09, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Ryan Giles
Jan 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 10, 2011 rated it liked it
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.
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
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 rated it liked it
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
Apr 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shall be read by middle management
Jason Campbell
Good arguments, but they apply to all Higher Education in general, not just MBA programs.
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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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