BAM Conference In The Cloud Keynote - Prof Henry Mintzberg


We are delighted to announce that Henry Mintzberg, Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at McGill University, Canada, will be delivering a keynote session at the British Academy of Management virtual Conference In The Cloud in September 2020.

I am a writer and educator, mostly about managing originations, developing managers and rebalancing societies (where my attention is currently focused).

After receiving my bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal (1961), working in Operational Research for the Canadian National Railways (1961-1963), and doing my masters and PhD at the MIT Sloan School of Management (1965 and 1968), I have made my professional home in the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill. I sit in the Cleghorn Chair of Management Studies (half-time since the mid-1980s), and have had extensive visiting professorships at INSEAD in France and the London Business School in England.

I have authored 20 books, including Managers not MBAs, Simply Managing, Rebalancing Society and Managing the Myths of Health Care, also 180 articles plus numerous commentaries and videos. I now publish a regular TWOG (TWeet 2 blOG), as “provocative fun in a page or 2 beyond pithy pronouncements in a line or 2” (@mintzberg141 to A collection is being published under the title Bedtime Stories for Managers, and following that will be Understanding Organizations...finally (a revision of my book Structure in Fives).

I co-founded and remain active in the International Masters Program for Managers ( and the International Masters for Health Leadership ( as well as a venture, all novel initiatives for managers to learn together from their own experience, the last in their own workplace.

Some consequences of all this have been election to the Order of Canada and l’Ordre national du Quebec as well as to the Royal Society of Canada (the first from a management faculty), two prize- winning Harvard Business Review articles, and twenty honorary degrees from universities around the world.


Keynote 'Management in the age of the pandemic: Rebalancing our organization, our societies and ourselves'

So-called liberal democracies, especially the U.S. and U.K., have been out of balance for some time, in favor of private sector forces. The coronavirus crisis has brought this to a head: the countries that balance public, private, and plural forces, in collaboration, are doing far betterl. Their governments protect, their businesses provide, and their communities engage. Now and going forward, we shall have to rebalance ourselves, our organizations, our societies, and our globe.

 Photo by Owen Egan