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.
The popular notion is that state-owned enterprises are very powerful in China. To what extent is that true? Are fears of China’s state capitalism overblown?
In December 1978, China began a series of economic reforms collectively termed as the “Reform and Opening Up” policy led by Deng Xiaoping, through which the country embraced “socialism with Chinese characteristics”. Since then, China’s policy makers have walked a winding path towards prosperity, herding the nation’s behemoth state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and an increasingly vibrant private sector in […]