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Striking a New Balance in Management and Society, with Henry Mintzberg and Saku Mantere

Season 4, Ep. 1

How has management thinking changed in the past 50 years and where might management be headed today? In his research and writing, management scholar Henry Mintzberg covers not only the past 50 years but looks toward the future of managing organizations, developing managers, and rebalancing society, from business to politics to higher education.

In a big-picture Delve podcast on crucial management, leadership, and organizational issues, Desautels Professor and preeminent management scholar Henry Mintzberg talks with Desautels Professor and Delve Editor-in-Chief Saku Mantere. Their conversation launches the fourth season of the Delve podcast, dedicated to thought leadership and critical thinking in management research at the McGill Desautels Faculty of Management.

Mintzberg changed the management landscape with his concepts of strategies being something that people did together in organizations, that strategies could emerge from collective learning rather than be prescribed as formal models, explains Mantere, whose own work focuses on strategic organizations and change.

“Strategies are learned: you try things, you do different things, you hit something, you discover something you didn't expect,” says Mintzberg. In recent years, Mintzberg has expanded his research to explore broader, timely, and pressing societal questions that tackle climate change, education, political divides, and social inequities. As Mantere explains in his introduction to the podcast, Mintzberg’s research showed that strategy emerges not only within organizations but between organizations of very different kinds—NGOs, firms, policy organizations, governments—all these have to come together if we think about these grand challenges of society.

Read more on Delve and read the transcript.

Delve is the official thought leadership platform of McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management. Delve's Managing Editor, Robyn Fadden, is the host for this episode. You can find out more about Delve at delve.mcgill.ca. Subscribe to the Delve McGill podcast on all major podcast platforms, including Apple podcasts and Spotify, and follow DelveMcGill on: LinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

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