More than 140 books were entered this year into the competition’s five categories: Management Futures; Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Practical Manager; Commuter’s Read; and Management and Leadership Textbook.
Now in its eighth year, Management Book of the Year signposts managers and leaders to the books that are breathing new life into management and leadership thinking.
Leading the charge are Pearson, Harvard Business Review and Kogan Page. Among the books shortlisted by the panel of judges is Defining Moments by Joseph L. Badarraco, which examines how managers can navigate moral decision-making in business by drawing on the insights of four historical philosophers – Aristotle, Machiavelli, Nietzsche, and James.
Addressing one of the challenges of leadership in the present day, The Presentation Book 2nd Edition by Emma Ledden provides advice on compelling communication in the TED Talk era.
David Guillebaud takes a futuristic approach as he questions why are some many companies paralysed by the threat of disruptive technologies in Disruption Denial. In Megatech Technology in 2050, Daniel Franklin Reynolds identifies the big ideas, fantastic inventions and potentially sinister trends that will shape our future.
Management Book of the Year is run by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) – the professional membership body – in partnership with The British Library, and supported by Henley Business School.
Petra Wilton, CMI’s director of strategy, says: “Thousands of books on how to become a better manager and leader are published every year. Our shortlist directs everyone from first-time managers to senior business leaders to those books that will make a definite difference to how they think and act as management and leadership professionals. This year’s shortlist shows there are some great lessons to be learned from the past, present and future. For those passionate about their career, the progressive and practical guidance within these books are essential reads.”
The five category winners and an overall winner will be announced at an awards evening at the British Library on 6 February 2018 – with the winning author taking home a £5,000 prize. Last year’s overall winner was Originals by Adam Grant, published by Ebury.
Shortlist at a glance: