Most managers hardly have time to think, due to the relentless pressures of the job. So Mintzberg has distilled the essence of his original acclaimed 320-page book into a lean, action-oriented 216 pages. The core remains the same: Mintzberg’s observations of twenty-nine different managers, from business, government, and nonprofits, working in diverse settings ranging from a refugee camp to a symphony orchestra.
What he saw led him to develop a new model of management, one firmly grounded in his conclusion that it is not a profession or a science. “It is a practice,” he writes, “learned primarily through experience and rooted in context.”