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Born in 1939, Dr. Henry Mintzberg received his doctorate and Master of Science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Sloan School of Management, and his mechanical engineering degree from McGill, working in between in operational research for the Canadian National Railways. He is Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at McGill University in Montreal. His research has dealt with issues of general management and organizations, focusing on the nature of managerial work, forms of organizing, and the strategy formation process. His creative ideas in terms of training managers and executives of large corporations are a genuine benchmark and add to the city’s visibility.

Dr. Mintzberg is the author of thirteen books, including The Nature of Managerial Work (1973), The Structuring of Organizations (1979), Mintzberg on Management (1989), The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning (1994), The Canadian Condition (1995), and Strategy Safari (1998). Why I Hate Flying reflects a growing interest in more general writing, also including short stories and newspaper commentaries. He also recently published Managers not MBAs: A hard look at the soft practice of managing and management development. His management articles number over one hundred, including two Harvard Business Review McKinsey prizewinners, "The Manager's Job: Folklore and Fact" (first place in 1975) and "Crafting Strategy" (second place in 1987).

Henry Mintzberg has been named Officer of the Order of Canada and of l’Ordre national du Québec. He holds honorary degrees from thirteen universities. He also served as president of the Strategic Management Society from 1988 to 1991, and is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Academy of Management, and the International Academy of Management. He was named Distinguished Scholar for the year 2000 by the Academy of Management.

Dr. Mintzberg is writing an electronic pamphlet entitled Getting Past Smith and Marx…Towards a Balanced Society. He is also promoting the development of a family of masters programs for practicing managers, including a new one about to begin in healthcare. His own teaching activities focus on ad hoc seminars for managers and work with doctoral students.