Speaker Profile: Professor Henry
Professor Mintzberg has been an academic most
of his working life (after working in Operational
Research at the Canadian National Railways).
Currently he is Cleghorn Professor of
Management Studies at McGill University in
Montreal, where he has been since graduating
with a doctorate from MIT in 1968, with stints at
other universities in the U.S., France, and
England. (His undergraduate degree is from
McGill, in Mechanical Engineering.) For the past
20 years, he has been half time at McGill, and has
spent a third to almost half of those years in
He devotes himself largely to writing and research,
over the years especially about managerial work, strategy formation, and forms of
organizing. In 2004, Professor Mintzberg published Managers not MBAs, and in
2007, Tracking Strategies. A new book, Managing, will appear in 2009. He has also
been working for many years on an electronic pamphlet, entitled "Getting Past Smith
and Marx: Toward a Balanced Society".
He has worked for much of the past decade, in collaboration with colleagues from
Canada, England, France, India, and Japan, to develop new approaches to
management education and development. The International Masters in Practicing
Management has been running for thirteen years; the Advanced Leadership Program
has been going for four years; and he worked with partners to launch the
International Masters for Health Leadership in 2006. All are rather novel ways to help
managers learn from their own experience. In 2007 they created
CoachingOurselves.com, which brings all these efforts to natural fruition: practicing
managers developing themselves. Professor Mintzberg teaches in some of these
programs and supervise doctoral students, and occasionally he does public
speeches, mostly to convey a particular message or visit a place I wish to see.
In recent years, he has shifted toward more general writing, producing newspaper
articles (listed at the end of Articles), and he also likes to write short stories:
Professor Mintzberg hopes to publish a collection of them eventually.
A couple of years ago, he published Why I Hate Flying (now in paperback as The
Flying Circus), a spoof on the foibles of flying.
In all, he has published about 150 articles and 15 books. Honours have included
election as an Officer of the Order of Canada and of l'Ordre national du Quebec,
selection as Distinguished Scholar for the year 2000 by the Academy of
Management, and two McKinsey prizes for articles in the Harvard Business Review.
Honorary degrees and other awards are listed in his full C.V., which he calls his
Professor Mintzberg spends his public life dealing with organizations and spends his
private life escaping from them. This he does on a bicycle (preferably on quiet roads
in Europe), up mountains, and in the Laurentian wilderness of Canada atop cross-
country skis and in a canoe. He likes to do this with my wife Sasha, and his
daughters Susie and Lisa, and perhaps soon with his grandchildren, Laura and