Managers Not MBAs

  • by Henry Mintzberg
  • Narrated by Joe Barrett
  • 17 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this audiobook, Henry Mintzberg 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, Mintzberg writes, 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 programs are designed almost exclusively for young people with little if any managerial experience, and hence little art and no craft to draw upon, the programs 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 our organizations and our social institutions.
Turning to how managers should be developed, Mintzberg describes in detail a set of innovative programs designed to address these shortcomings that he and a group of colleagues have put into practice: the International Masters in Practicing Management (IMPM). Finally, he outlines how business schools can transform themselves to become true schools of management.
Managers Not MBAs presents the kind of bold, iconoclastic thinking business people have come to expect from the man Fast Company magazine called "one of the most original minds in management".


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Albeit promoting a McGill program, the argument that MBA programs are not on management is well presented.

The reference to the tables made it tricky to listen and drive.

This book is recommended to the professional (real) managers and not to business administrators.
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- Paul H Aube

Insightful, paradigm-shifting alternative view

What did you love best about Managers Not MBAs?

Mintzberg has really done his research and provides many details to back up his arguments. He clearly indicts the MBA from a human-centered (as opposed to merely profit-centered) perspective on business.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Managers Not MBAs?

His case for why MBA's teach the wrong thing.

What does Joe Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A gruff tone.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Stop wasting your money. Don't be a sheep.

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- Ari

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-15-2011
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.