Managers Not MBA's : a Hard Look at the Soft Practice of Managing and Management Development Paperback
Part of the Financial Times Series series
"Managers Not MBAs throws a stone into the often complacent world of management education.
It should be required reading for anyone who has the qualification, who wants one, or just wanders what all the fuss is about." The Economist "Managers not MBAs goes beyond polemic.
The book is also a rousing manifesto for the thoroughgoing reform of management education and how we think about it." Michael Skapinker, Managment Editor, Financial Times Fast Company called Henry Mintzberg "one of the most original minds in management." The Financial Times website ranked him the 7th top management thinker in the world. Tom Peters named his book The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning "my favorite management book in the last 25 years...no contest." Now, 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." Because conventional MBA programs are designed for people without managerial experience, they overemphasize analysis and denigrate experience.
That leaves a distorted impression of management, which has had a corrupting influence on its practice. 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. "This book offers profound thoughts on management education and development.
It should be recommended reading for MBA students and faculties.
It will excite and exasperate readers, but it will never bore them." Management Today "Henry Mintzberg is that rare thing, a humane business school academic. For three decades he has been debunking some of the most corrosive myths about management, and doing so in a style that is both sophisticated and uplifting. This important book fundamentally challenges many of today's orthodoxies about how businesses should be run.
He might just be able to save us all from ourselves." Accounting & Business Magazine
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 480 pages, ill
- Publisher: Pearson Education Limited
- Publication Date: 27/05/2004
- Category: Management & management techniques
- ISBN: 9780273663249