Managers Not MBAs

A Hard Look at the Soft Practice of Management and Management Development

Henry Mintzberg (Author)

Publication date: 06/02/2005

Bestseller over 90,000+ copies sold

Managers Not MBAs
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, but pretending to create managers out of people who have never managed is a sham.”

Leaders cannot be created in a classroom. They arise in context. But people who already practice management can significantly improve their effectiveness given the opportunity to learn thoughtfully from their own experience. Mintzberg calls for a more engaging approach to managing and a more reflective approach to management education. He also outlines how business schools can become true schools of management.
  • Mintzberg, author of such classic bestsellers as The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning and The Nature of Managerial Work, was named one of the Top 10 Management Thinkers in the World by the Financial Times
  • The most extensive critique of management education and its effects on management practice ever published-showing how MBA programs train the wrong people in the wrong ways with the wrong consequences
  • Offers proven alternatives for educating the right people in the right ways with the right consequences

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Overview
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, but pretending to create managers out of people who have never managed is a sham.”

Leaders cannot be created in a classroom. They arise in context. But people who already practice management can significantly improve their effectiveness given the opportunity to learn thoughtfully from their own experience. Mintzberg calls for a more engaging approach to managing and a more reflective approach to management education. He also outlines how business schools can become true schools of management.
  • Mintzberg, author of such classic bestsellers as The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning and The Nature of Managerial Work, was named one of the Top 10 Management Thinkers in the World by the Financial Times
  • The most extensive critique of management education and its effects on management practice ever published-showing how MBA programs train the wrong people in the wrong ways with the wrong consequences
  • Offers proven alternatives for educating the right people in the right ways with the right consequences
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