Managing (Google eBook)

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Sep 1, 2009 - Business & Economics - 306 pages
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One of our most distinguished scholars offers a bold new view of the theory and practice of effective management Named one of the best management books of 2009 by strategy+business magazine, the Toronto Globe, and Mail and Library Journal Winner of the Axiom gold medal in the leadership category A half century ago Peter Drucker put management on the map. Leadership has since pushed it off. But “instead of distinguishing managers from leaders,” Henry Mintzberg writes, “we should be seeing managers as leaders, and leadership as management practiced well.” Mintzberg aims to restore management to its proper place: front and center. To gain an accurate picture of management as practiced rather than management as preached, Mintzberg watched twenty-nine different managers work a typical day. They came from business, government, and nonprofits, from all sorts of industries, including banking, policing, filmmaking, aircraft production, retailing, and health care, and worked in diverse settings ranging from a refugee camp to a symphony orchestra. These observations form the empirical basis for this book. Mintzberg shows that in the real world managers cannot be the reflective, systematic planners idealized in most management books—realities like the unrelenting pace, the frequent interruptions, and the dizzying variety of activity make that impossible. Recognizing this, he outlines a new model of management: not a list of tasks but a dynamic process in which managers accomplish their purpose working through information, through people, and, more rarely, through direct action. Mintzberg describes the various roles managers adopt to function on these three planes, emphasizing that they must work on all of three simultaneously, determining the balance best suited to their specific, unique situation. Which is why management, Mitzberg insists, is not a profession—“it is a practice” he writes, “learned primarily through experience, and rooted in context.” Having established the nature of modern management, Mintzberg looks at the varieties of managing experience. He identifies twelve factors that influence managing, highlighting the ones that are truly important (not necessarily the ones you’d think) and offers an illuminating typology of different approaches to management—what he calls postures of managing. He provides insightful ways of dealing with some of the most vexing conundrums managers face, and ultimately pulls everything together to offer a comprehensive picture of true managerial effectiveness—an approach he calls “engaged management.” This book is vintage Mintzberg: provocative, irreverent, carefully researched, myth-busting. It is the most authoritative and revealing book yet written about what managers do, how they do it, and how they can have the greatest impact.
  

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User Review  - Renato Willi - Goodreads

Excelent for those who want to understand more about what do company managers do and the challenges of their jobs. Mintzberg separates analytically their activities, their way of acting (doing ... Read full review

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User Review  - David Glad - Goodreads

This book had more of a Canadian perspective which helped make it distinct in a noisy marketplace for such books. Overall, handling different situations (and customer needs) and the various ... Read full review

Contents

1 Managing Ahead
1
2 The Dynamics of Managing
17
3 A Model of Managing
43
4 The Untold Varieties of Managing
97
5 The Inescapable Conundrums of Managing
157
6 Managing Effectively
195
Eight Days of Managing
237
Bibliography
275
Index
291
About the Author
305
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About the author (2009)

Some years ago, the head of a prominent American Business School claimed that “If I wasn’t the dean of this school, I’d be writing a book on the bankruptcy on American management education.” Henry Mintzberg is not the dean of a business school. He is Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He was named Distinguished Scholar for the Year 2000 by the Academy of Management, and won its George R. Terry Award for the best book of 1995 (The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning). Two of his articles in the Harvard Business Review have won McKinsey prizes. He has served as President of the Strategic Management Society, is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (the first from a management faculty), and has been named an Officer of the Order of Canada. Mintzberg is the author of 12 books, including The Nature of Managerial Work, Mintzberg on Management, Strategy Safari, and Why I Hate Flying.

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