mbMore 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.

Disruption DenialDavid 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:

Book Author / Authors Publisher
Management Futures
A Better Way of Doing Business? Lessons from the John Lewis Partnership Graeme Salaman and John Storey Oxford University Press
Building Digital Culture. A practical guide to successful digital transformation Daniel Rowles and Thomas Brown Kogan Page
Disruption Denial. Why companies are ignoring the disruptive threats that are staring them in the face David Guillebaud LID Publishing
Fully Connected. Thriving and surviving in an age of overload Julia Hobsbawm Bloomsbury Publishing
Inclusive Leadership. The definitive guide to developing and executing an impactful diversity and inclusion strategy – locally and globally Charlotte Sweeney and Fleur Bothwick Pearson
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Built to Grow. How to deliver accelerated, sustained and profitable business growth Royston Guest Wiley
The Corporate Startup. How established companies can develop successful innovation ecosystems Tendayi Viki, Dan Toma and Esther Gons Vakmedianet Management
The Growth Director’s Secret. Why businesses struggle to grow – and what you can do to change it Andrew Brent Bloomsbury Business
In Your Creative Element Claire Bridges Kogan Page
The Power of Little Ideas. A low-risk, high-reward approach to innovation David Robertson Harvard Business Review
Practical Manager
Defining Moments. When managers must choose between right and right Joseph L. Badaracco Harvard Business Review
The Finance Book. Stuart Warner and Si Hussain Pearson
The Leadership Challenge. How to make extraordinary things happen in organizations 6th ed James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner Wiley
 Strategy Journeys David Booth Taylor and Francis
Time, Talent, Energy. Overcome organizational drag and unleash your team’s productive power Michael Mankins and Eric Garton Harvard Business Review
The Commuter’s Read
Emotional Intelligence. Pocketbook. Little exercises for an intuitive life Gill Hasson    Wiley
Keys To Success. 50 secrets from a business maverick John Timpson Icon Books
Megatech Technology in 2050 Daniel Franklin Profile Books
The Paula Principle. How and why women work below their level of competence Tom Schuller Scribe UK
Think Like An Innovator. 76 inspiring business lessons from the world’s greatest thinkers and innovators Paul Sloane Pearson
New Manager
Brilliant Coaching 3rd edition Julie Starr Pearson
Happy Working Relationships Rev edition Simon Jones Wordscapes
Harvard Business Review Manager’s Handbook. The 17 skills leaders need to stand out Harvard Business Review
Potential. Find it. Own it. Work it. David Guile Rethink Press
The Presentation Book 2nd Edition. How to create, shape and deliver it! Emma Ledden Pearson