I have been an academic most of my working life. After receiving my undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal (1961), I worked in Operational Research at the Canadian National Railways, and then received a masters and doctorate from the MIT Sloan School of Management in Boston. In 1968, I returned to McGill, where I joined what is now called the Desautels Faculty of Management. I currently hold the Cleghorn Professorship of Management Studies, having been half-time since the mid 1980s, and have been a visiting professor at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, London Business School in the U.K., Insead in France, and H.E.C. in Montreal.
I devote myself largely to writing and research, over the years especially about managerial work, strategy formation, and forms of organizing. In 2004, I published Managers not MBAs, in 2007 Tracking Strategies, in 2013 Simply Managing, and in 2015 Rebalancing Society, the implications of which are now my central focus. I am also completing a monograph entitled Managing the Myths of Health Care.
I have worked for much of the past two decades, in collaboration with colleagues from Canada, England, France, India, Japan, and now China and Brazil, on developing new approaches to management education and development. The International Masters in Practicing Management has been running since 1996 and the International Masters for Health Leadership since 2006. Both are rather novel ways to help managers learn from their own experience. I teach in these programs and otherwise supervise doctoral students, restricting my public speeches mostly to conveying a particular message or visiting a place I wish to see. In 2007, four of us developed CoachingOurselves.com, which brings all these efforts to natural fruition, by enabling small groups of practicing managers to develop themselves and their organizations in their own workplace. A GROOC (MOOC for groups) called Social Learning for Social Impact will appear on edX in September 2015.
In recent years, I have shifted toward more general writing, including commentaries. On my 75th birthday, 2 September 2014, I began publishing a weekly TWOG (tweet2blog: @mintzberg141 to mintzberg.org/blog), as “provocative fun in a page or 2 beyond pithy pronouncements in a sentence or 2.” I like to write short stories, a few of which are on this site: I hope to publish a collection of them one day. Some years ago, I published a spoof on the foibles of flying. I also collect "beaver sculptures".
In all, I have published about 170 articles (listed on this website, with annotations and, where available, web links), and 17 books. Honors 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 my C.V. You can also see a piece I wrote on my career (1993 autobiography). If you are interested in how I research and write, please see Developing Theory about the Development of Theory.
I continue to spend my public life dealing with organizations and my private life escaping from them. This I do on a bicycle, up mountains, atop skates, and in a canoe, with my partner Dulcie, my daughters Susie and Lisa, and now my grandchildren Laura, Tomas, and Maya.