Prof. Henry Mintzberg’s ‘Managing’ was named the Chartered Management Institute’s Management Book of the Year at an awards ceremony hosted by the British Library on Jan. 25.
The Management Book of the Year competition seeks to uncover the U.K.’s best books on management and leadership. The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is the only chartered body in the U.K. that awards management and leadership qualifications; it has more than 86,000 members.
Mintzberg, of McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management, is a world renowned author of such seminal works as The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning (1994). His book was selected from a field of 145 entries, triumphing over a shortlist of 15 prolific business and management authors.
“I would be honoured by this lovely prize in any event,” Mintzberg said. “But it has special meaning for me because, of all the places I go in this world, none matches the U.K. for intellectual stimulation. The Brits combine curiosity and empathy with wonderful individuality, by which I mean, not acting for oneself, but thinking for oneself. So to be honoured in this way in the U.K. is especially delightful.”
‘Managing,’ a book about the pressures, roles, varieties, and conundrums of managing, is based on Mintzberg’s observation of a day in the lives of 29 managers.