Henry Mintzberg

Professor of Management Studies; Academic Director, International Masters for Health Leadership, International Masters Program for Managers
McGill University

Henry Mintzberg is a writer and educator, mostly about managing originations, developing managers, and rebalancing societies (where his attention is currently focused), also an outdoorsman and collector of beaver sculptures.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal (1961), working in Operational Research for the Canadian National Railways (1961-1963), and doing his masters and PhD at the MIT Sloan School of Management (1965 and 1968), he has made my professional home in the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill. He sits in the Cleghorn Chair of Management Studies (half-time since the mid-1980s), and has had extensive visiting professorships at INSEAD in France and the London Business School in England.

He has authored 20 books, including Managers not MBAsSimply ManagingRebalancing Society and Managing the Myths of Health Care, also 180 articles plus numerous commentaries and videos. He now publishes a regular TWOG (TWeet 2 blOG), as “provocative fun in a page or 2 beyond pithy pronouncements in a line or 2” (@mintzberg141 to mintzberg.org/blog). A collection has recently been published under the title Bedtime Stories for Managers, and following that will be Understanding Organizations…finally (a revision of his book Structure in Fives).

He co-founded and remains active in the International Masters Program for Managers (impm.org) and the International Masters for Health Leadership (mcgill.ca/imhl) as well as a venture CoachingOurselves.com, all novel initiatives for managers to learn together from their own experience, the last in their own workplace.

Some consequences of all this have been election to the Order of Canada and l’Ordre national du Quebec as well as to the Royal Society of Canada (the first from a management faculty), two prize- winning Harvard Business Review articles, and twenty-one honorary degrees from universities around the world.

He may spend his professional life dealing with organizations, but he continues to spend his private life escaping from them, especially in the Laurentian wilderness of Canada, usually with his partner and sometimes with my two daughters and three grandchildren. (See full CV and further details on mintzberg.org.)