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Managers Not MBAs by Henry Mintzberg

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5WRONG CONSEQUENCES III Corruption of Established Organizations

The trouble with being in a rat race is that if you win, you are still a rat.

—LILY TOMLIN

Ok, that calculating manager might continue, the MBA is not trained for management, and many MBAs fail as CEOs. So what. Look at the American economy, enamored as it is with MBAs. It hasn’t exactly been doing badly, has it?

It had been doing rather well when I first wrote this (around 2000). It is doing less well now, as I revise this for about the fifth time, in April 2003. The question is the extent to which this economic success, and failure, is influenced by the prevailing style of management in America, which is influenced by the prevalence of MBA training.

Clearly this is a difficult ...

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