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Henry Minztberg

Henry Minztberg

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Henry Minztberg

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I have been an academic most of my working life. After receiving my undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal (1961), I worked in Operational Research at the Canadian National Railways, and then received a masters and doctorate from the MIT Sloan School of Management in Boston. In 1968, I returned to McGill, where I joined what is now called the Desautels Faculty of Management. I currently hold the Cleghorn Professorship of Management Studies, having been half-time since the mid 1980s, and have been a visiting professor at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, London Business School in the U.K., Insead in France, and H.E.C. in Montreal.
I devote myself largely to writing and research, over the years especially about managerial work, strategy formation, and forms of organizing. In 2004, I published Managers not MBAs, in 2007 Tracking Strategies, in 2013 Simply Managing, and in 2015 Rebalancing Society, the implications of which are now my central focus. I am also completing a monograph entitled Managing the Myths of Health Care.
In recent years, I have shifted toward more general writing, including commentaries. On my 75th birthday, 2 September 2014, I began publishing a weekly TWOG (tweet2blog: @mintzberg141 to, as “provocative fun in a page or 2 beyond pithy pronouncements in a sentence or 2.” I like to write short stories, a few of which are on this site: I hope to publish a collection of them one day. Some years ago, I published a spoof on the foibles of flying. I also collect « beaver sculptures ».
I continue to spend my public life dealing with organizations and my private life escaping from them. This I do on a bicycle, up mountains, atop skates, and in a canoe, with my partner Dulcie, my daughters Susie and Lisa, and now my grandchildren Laura, Tomas, and Maya.