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Slide No. 1 CONTEMPORARY BUSINESS THINKING COMM 210/2 THINKING COMM 210/2 October 30, 2007 Class No. 9 John Molson School of Business Concordia University Slide No. 3 MINTZBERG MANAGEMENT MYTHS MINTZBERG MANAGEMENT MYTHS MYTH #1: The manager is a reflective systematic planner. (No evidence) FACTS: Manager’s work at an unrelenting pace. Their activities are characterized by brevity, variety, and discontinuity and are strongly oriented to action and dislike reflective activities 50% of 5 CEO’s activities lasted less than 9 minutes An activity = 48 seconds (US foremen) 30 minutes uninterrupted every 2 days Slide No. 4 MYTH #2: The effective manager has no regular activities to perform. FACTS: Managerial work involves performing a number of regular duties including ritual and ceremony, negotiations and processing soft information that links the organization with the environment. MINTZBERG MANAGEMENT MYTHS (Cont.) MINTZBERG MANAGEMENT MYTHS (Cont.) Slide No. 5 MYTH #3: Senior manager needs aggregated information which a formal management system best provides (--- M.I.S. Students--- Beware) FACTS: M.I.S. systems do not always work
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