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Henry Mintzberg

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Henry Mintzberg (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 McGill University in Canada, where he has been teaching since 1968, after earning his Ph.D. from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Professor Mintzberg writes prolifically on the topics of management and business strategy, with more than 140 articles and thirteen books to his name. His seminal book, The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning, criticizes some of the practices of strategic planning today and is considered required reading for anyone who seriously wants to consider taking on a strategy-making role within their organisation.

Professor Mintzberg has recently published a book entitled Managers Not MBAs which outlines what he believes to be wrong with management education today and, rather controversially, singles out prestigious graduate management schools like Harvard Business School and the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania as examples of how obsession with numbers and an over-zealous attempt at making management into a science actually can damage the discipline of management. He also suggests that a new masters program, targeted at practising managers (as opposed to younger students with little real world experience), and emphasizing practical issues, may be more suitable. (See http://www.impm.org/ and for healthcare managers http://www.imhl.ca/)

Ironically, although Professor Mintzberg is quite critical about the strategy consulting business, he has twice won the McKinsey Award for publishing the best article in the Harvard Business Review.

In 1997 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 1998 he was made an Officer of the National Order of Quebec.

He is married to Sasha Sadilova and has two children, Susie and Lisa.

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