What Managers Really Do
Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 05:23 PM EDT
As nowadays many write about leadership and its qualities, Dr. Mintzberg who is the professor of management studies at McGill University has interest in writing about managers as he is studying about that seriously and of course he is a well known management scholar.
Dr. Mintzberg did his work of study on managers in his early age itself. In 1973, a book called â€œThe Nature of Managerial Worksâ€ was published by him, based on his doctoral dissertation at MITâ€™s Sloan School of Management. Recently he came up with a book called â€œManagingâ€ which deals with the subject in a more efficient manner. This book is due to release on this September and for this book he studied the managers in action. That is by observing 29 persons from the CEO of a bank to managers in a refugee camp. Each persons work and the routine are being interrupted by many other activities and it varies depending on the organization this is what he observed while he spent his days with them.
In his recent interview to Business Insight he spoke about many things and here are some of the excerpts from the interview.
Business Insight question is you deal with several misconceptions in management in your book, can you explain about it?
Dr. Mintzberg replied that Myth is the manager as orchestra conductor. He said that any management is like an orchestra in rehearsal as everything is being done in a wrong manner. According to Peter Drucker the manager is the one who conducts and as well as compose. That will be very grand and glorious to see and he says that this is so called myth.
The next question is that what is another aspect of management that your
research deals with that of other researches, about degree of interruptions
that managers face?
Business Insight next question is that you deal with three planes, explain to us about that?
Dr. Mintzberg said basically managing is just about the influence of your
action. Managing also helps organizations and units to get everything done in
right manner. In some case managers try to manage the situation directly. Also
they fight with fires, manage projects and negotiate contracts.
This article originally appeared on Another Harvard Blog.