Book News: June 10th, 2004

By Henry MintzbergThe author offers a sweeping critique of how managers are educated and how management, as a result, is practiced, and makes thoughtful and controversial recommendations for reforming both. Management 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 programmes are designed almost exclusively for young people with little if any managerial experience, and hence little art and no craft to draw upon, the programmes 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 organizations and social institutions. Mintzberg outlines how business schools can transform themselves to become true schools of management.

Published by Berrett-Koehler. ISBN: 1576752755. 27.95 US dollars.