I am a writer and educator, mostly about managing originations, developing managers, and rebalancing societies (where my attention is currently concentrated), also an outdoorsman and collector of beaver sculptures.
After receiving my 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 my masters and PhD at the MIT Sloan School of Management (1965 and 1968), I have made my professional home in what is now called the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill, where I sit in the Cleghorn Chair of Management Studies (half-time since the mid 1980s), having had extensive stints in France and England.
I have authored 19 books, including Managers not MBAs, Simply Managing, and most recently, Rebalancing Society (my current focus) and Managing the Myths of Health Care, also 180 articles plus numerous commentaries. I now publish 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 of these is coming soon under the title Managing Scrambled Eggs, after that Understanding Organizations...finally (a revision of my book Structure in Fives).
I co-founded the International Masters Program for Managers (impm.org) and the International Masters for Health Leadership (imhl.org) 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 has been election to the Order of Canada and l’Ordre nationale 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 honorary degrees from universities around the world.
I may spend my professional life dealing with organizations, but I continue to spend my private life escaping from them, especially in the Laurentian wilderness of Canada, usually with my partner and sometimes with my two daughters and three grandchildren. (See full CV and further details on mintzberg.org.)