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“Health care is not failing but succeeding, expensively, and we don’t want to pay for it. So the administrations, public and private alike, intervene to cut costs, and herein lies the failure.”

In this sure-to-be-controversial book, leading management thinker Henry Mintzberg turns his attention to reframing the management and organization of health care.

The problem is not management per se but a form of remote-control management detached from the operations yet determined to control them. It reorganizes relentlessly, measures like mad, promotes a heroic form of leadership, favors competition where the need is for cooperation, and pretends that the calling of health care should be managed like a business.

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Enough! Enough of the imbalance that is destroying our democracies, our planet, and ourselves. We require a form of radical renewal unprecedented in the human experience.

About managing, naturally--pure and simple (shortened edition of Managing, for busy managers).

(Free Press, 1989)—an effort to draw together my main material for practitioners

Probing into strategies, actually pursued of ten different organizations across several decades of their histories....toward a general theory of strategy formation

Waste no time in reading this book!


(with Bruce Ahlstrand, and Joseph Lampel; Pearson, 2005)—fun bytes and bites about strategy, shown to be a lot more—and less—than you ever imagined

(Berrett Koehler, 2004)—a hard look at the soft practice of managing and the development of managers

(with J. Lampel, S. Ghoshal, J.B. Quinn; second edition, Prentice Hall, 1991)—selected readings and cases, all heavily edited

(with Jacques Bourgault; Institute of Public Administration of Canada, 2000)—based on study I did of 8 Canadian public sector managers, published with commentaries

(with Bruce Ahlstrand and Joe Lampel; Free Press and Prentice-Hall International, 2nd edition 2009)—as the subtitle says, “A Guided tour Through The Wilds Of Strategic Management"

(Stoddart [en français: Les Propos d’un “Pur Coton”: Essai sur la Problématique Canadienne,Québec/Amérique] 1995)—expression of some personal feelings about Canada and what it goes through

(Free Press and Prentice-Hall International, 1994)—historical review of the process, very critical, though ends on a positive note

A collection of articles to think differently, and get beyond thinking, about management.

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Managing (Berrett-Koehler and Pearson, 2009)—about the characteristics, roles, varieties, conundrums, and effectiveness of managing.


(Prentice Hall, 1983)—condensed version of The Structuring of Organizations

(out of print, but available here for free download; originally published by Prentice Hall, 1983)— draws together the literature about power within and around organizations; an extension of my book on organizational structuring

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(Prentice-Hall, 1979)—attempt to draw together the empirical literature on structuring, using five configurations as integrating devices—my most integrated book

(Harper and Row, 1973, reissued by Prentice-Hall, 1983)—roles and characteristics of managerial work, based on my doctoral thesis (study of five managers)