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The double-edged sword of MBA’s by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
February 13, 2007, 5:02 pm
Filed under: Articles, If you only have 15 mins, Management

Management theorist and critic Henry Mintzberg writing in Fast Company magazine has a few provocative and thoughtful words about how to utilize MBAs… Click here for the article entitled ‘The MBA Menace’, here for the rest of the current issue.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 (M.B.A.) and 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 organization.
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 practicing managers (as opposed to younger students with little real world experience), and emphasizing practical issues, may be more suitable.


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Comment by Sarah

Glad you think so – interestingly this has been this week’s most-read articles – I’m hoping for some more feedback and discussion!

Comment by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek

Am eager to learn more, but the comments given in the short description validate my experience. It would also be interesting to know Minstzborg’s view of leadership vs management.

Comment by Fred Gregory

Thanks for the comment Fred – did you check out his website http://www.henrymintzberg.com/ ? It has a lot of his recent papers, including some of his thoughts on leadership.

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