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Henry Mintzberg

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Teaching Business Leadership As Fine Art

(published in Forbes, Oct 2010) Thirty years ago top business schools had a simple philosophy about how to teach students good business leadership. All you had to do was examine how the people who ran successful companies went about dealing with problems and opportunities, and then follow their examples. After a while, however, that became … Continue reading

The magnificent middle

(Published in China Economic Review – March 2010) China’s rise as a global economic superpower has meant that many of the country’s fledgling businesses have quickly graduated from being purely domestic or regional players to occupy a role on the world stage. As this has happened, many have come to look, sound and act like … Continue reading

Endurance is key to survival of downturn

(published in The National, Feb 2010) The notion that a leader should have all the answers in a crisis is under serious re-examination, and some even view the idea as simply dangerous. It seems that, finally, the worst of the economic downturn may be over, both here in the GCC and around the world, at … Continue reading

Trying To Create A Well-Rounded M.B.A.

(article published in Forbes, December 2009) In our increasingly complex world, becoming an effective business leader gets ever more difficult. Of course, it has never been simple, and commerce has always been affected by politics and diplomacy, the natural sciences, demographics and other fields that require specialized expertise. But change used to happen more slowly, … Continue reading

Management master has world’s attention

(article published in The Toronto Star, Sept 2009) “Unhappy is the land that needs heroes”. So claims Henry Mintzberg, iconoclastic management guru at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. His echo of the characters in a Brecht play is a reflection on the current economic turmoil, and what he sees as the steps needed … Continue reading