Henry Mintzberg was once called the enfant terrible of management thinking. It’s not hard to see why. The author of books like The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning and Strategy Safari, Mintzberg has always put forth radical ideas that sometimes rub people the wrong way: he wrote Managers Not MBAs, a scathing critique of business schools and MBA programs, while working at a business school. More recently, Mintzberg has trained his guns on an unlikely topic: society and politics. His latest book, Rebalancing Society, talks about how dangerous the lack of balance between the public, private and the plural sector (civil society) really is.
In every country, there are vast populations that need to be educated about something, like say personal health or hygiene, but it’s hard to do that because they are too poor, too busy, too old or just plain shy. The challenge then becomes: how do you reach out to them and achieve the desired outcomes. A concept called ‘embedded education’ can help here. Embedded education, or the practice of educating people through encounters that they already have with existing delivery systems, might just prove to be more effective than traditional mechanisms. So don’t be surprised if your barber starts educating you on hypertension the next time you get a haircut.
When externalities are present, decisions optimal for the person making them are not necessarily optimal for society. So what can be done about them?
As China re-embraces traditional beliefs and religion, just how is this affecting business in the country?
Philanthropy in China doesn’t exactly have a good track record. What are the chances that the country will turn it around?
Changing the Chinese social structure may save the country from the proverbial ‘middle-income trap’, says Salvatore Babones, an expert on China’s political economy.
The Digital Economy warrants a fundamentally new social contract, says Don Tapscott, a leading expert on business and technology issues
China’s national broadcaster CCTV shames errant companies on World Consumer Rights Day. A look at some of those who have been in the firing line in the past.
The internet economy is bringing efficiency to the world of work, but it has downsides as well.
Chinaʼs golfing prodigies have burst on to the world golfing scene, showing just how far the sport has come