Henry Mintzberg

Morgen Witzel

in The Oxford Handbook of Management Theorists

Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780199585762
Published online April 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

Henry Mintzberg

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This article discusses Henry Mintzberg, a well-known renowned academic and author on business and management. It describes one of his best books, The Nature of Managerial Work. The importance of Mintzberg's work has been widely recognized and he has received a number of honours and awards. Best known for his work on strategy, Mintzberg has also written on leadership, control, power, managerial mindsets, organization structure, public policy, design, and many other subjects. The issue of control is, he argues, the key factor in determining whether managers are successful. Mintzberg has a reputation as a heterodox thinker, one not afraid to challenge academic convention or the intellectual status quo. However, Mintzberg’s views remain outside of the mainstream, and even his powerful contribution to the concept of emergent strategy has eroded, but not entirely shifted, the dominance of the strategic planning school.

Keywords: emergent strategy; managerial control; managerial work; Managerial Work; Henry Mintzberg

Article.  8447 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Business History

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