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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (56 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry Mintzberg Narrator: Joe Barret Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In Managers, Not MBAs, Henry Mintzberg offers a sweeping critique of how managers are educated and how management, as a result, is practiced, making thoughtful—and controversial—recommendations for reforming both. 

Management, Mintzberg writes, is a practice that blends a great deal of craft (experience) with a certain amount of art (insight) and some science (analysis). Because conventional MBA programs are designed almost exclusively for young people with little managerial experience, and hence little art and no craft to draw upon, the programs overemphasize science, in the form of analysis and technique. Graduates leave with a distorted impression that management consists entirely of applying formulas to situations, which has had a corrupting, dehumanizing effect not just on the practice of management but also on our organizations and our social institutions. 

Turning to how managers should be developed, Mintzberg describes a set of innovative programs designed to address these shortcomings: the International Masters in Practicing Management (IMPM). Finally, he outlines how business schools can transform themselves to become true schools of management. 

Managers, Not MBAs presents the kind of bold, iconoclastic thinking readers have come to expect from the man Fast Company magazine called “one of the most original minds in management.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A powerful statement and a terrific read. Mintzberg is a fine writer.”

    Observer (London)

  • 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.”


  • “In this provocative work, [Mintzberg] challenges the very basics of business education.”


  • “Mintzberg’s argument is clearly researched and set forth in a progressively logical...way. Managers and manager wannabes will be intrigued and can certainly learn a thing or two as long as they, as Mintzberg himself urges in his teachings, consider the source of the education.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “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

  • “This book offers an important perspective for the global MBA community.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ryan Giles | 4/6/2013

    " Hard hitting book that really calls into question the value of the MBA. It looks at how MBA CEOs have fared (bad), how schools recruit MBAs (poorly), and what value MBA students offer to society in general (very little). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Pascal | 3/26/2013

    " A lot of good points are made throughout the book however you can't help to put it into perspective when you know that Mintzberg himself has put his own kind of, very expensive, MBA in production. Most of this book reads very auto promotional to me... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sébastien | 9/14/2012

    " Shall be read by middle management "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by John | 4/13/2012

    " Agree w/ some points that you don't learn how to lead in many b-school classes (though some are fantastic for it) but not necessarily w/ his conclusions on what to do "

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About the Author
Author Henry Mintzberg

Henry Mintzberg is Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at McGill University in Montreal and the winner of awards from the most prestigious academic and practitioner institutions in management (Harvard Business Review, Academy of Management, Association of Management Consulting Firms, and others).