CMI Management Book of the Year 2017 Shortlist

British LibraryThis year’s best management books explore the importance of management trust and ethics through a lens of leadership, technology and change

Trust and ethics, diversity and productivity are key themes running through this year’s 25 best management and leadership books short listed for the 2017 Management Book of the Year.

Announced by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and The British Library – and supported by Henley Business School – 2017 Management Book of the Year features titles that are breathing new life into management and leadership thinking. More than 150 books were entered this year into the competition’s five categories: Management Futures; Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Practical Manager; the Commuter’s Read; and Management and Leadership Textbook.

Among those shortlisted is John Blakey’s The Trusted Executive, which looks at trust-building strategies, and Richard and Daniel Susskind’s The Future of the Professions, which examines how emerging technologies will bring fundamental changes to the way we work.

Trust and uncertainty have been timely themes with the ongoing scrutiny of top executives’ pay and aftermath of the EU Referendum result. Books such as Big Change, Best Path by Warren Parry look at how best to manage and embrace change, while Cecilie Bingham’s Employment Relations examines organisational justice and recommends how to build diverse and inclusive workplaces.

Petra Wilton, CMI’s director of strategy, commented:

“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. For those passionate about their career, the progressive and practical lessons 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 2017 – with the winning author taking home a £5,000 prize. Last year’s overall winner was Frugal Innovation by Navi Radjou and Jaideep Prabhu, published by Profile.

Navi and Jaideep said:

“Winning the 2016 Management Book of the Year award was a huge achievement and we were delighted to see our work recognised in making such a difference to managers. The volatile economy created uncertainty for many so we were glad to offer practical advice to managers and leaders to drive business forward.”

Phil Spence, Chief Operating Officer at the British Library and a Companion of the CMI, said:

“The British Library is honoured and thrilled to be hosting the CMI Management Book of the Year awards again. Not only are we the UK’s national research Library with a world-class collection of management studies resource, but also we have a long and successful relationship with CMI and are delighted to be supporting them in their mission to develop management and leadership.”

For the full shortlist online, please visit:

Shortlist at a glance:


Author / Authors


Management Futures

Data-driven organization design: sustaining the competitive edge through organizational analytics

Rupert Morrison

Kogan Page

Big change, best path: successfully managing organizational change with wisdom, analytics and insight

Warren Parry

Kogan Page

Superforecasting: the art and science of prediction

Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner

Penguin Random House

Connected leadership: how to build a more agile, customer-driven business

Simon Hayward


The future of the professions: how technology will transform the work of human experts

Richard Susskind and Daniel Susskind

Oxford University Press

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Play bigger: how rebels and innovators create new categories and dominate markets

Al Ramadan, Dave Peterson, Christopher Lockhead and Kevin Maney

Little, Brown Book Group

Originals: how non-conformists change the world

Adam Grant

Ebury Publishing

The innovation workout: the 10 steps that will build your creativity and innovation skills

Lucy Gower


Building a culture of innovation: a practical framework for placing innovation at the core of your business

Cris Beswick, Derek Bishop and Jo Geraghty

Kogan Page

From science to startup: the inside track of technology entrepreneurship

Anil Sethi


Practical Manager

How to manage: the definitive guide to effective management

Jo Owen


Inclusive talent management: how business can thrive in an age of diversity

Stephen Frost and Danny Kalman

Kogan Page

FAST: 4 principles every business needs to achieve success and drive results

Gordon Tredgold

Next Century Publishing

The negotiation book: your definitive guide to successful negotiating

Steve Gates


What you really need to lead: the power of thinking and acting like an owner

Robert Steven Kaplan

Harvard Business Review Press

The Commuter’s Read

Great answers to tough questions at work

Michael Dodd


It takes more than casual Fridays and free coffee: building a business culture that works for everyone

Diane K Adams

Palgrave Macmillan

We have a deal: how to negotiate with intelligence, flexibility and power

Natalie Reynolds

Icon Books

The trusted executive: nine leadership habits that inspire results, relationships and reputation

John Blakey

Kogan Page

How to be REALLY productive: achieving clarity and getting results in a world where work never ends

Grace Marshall


Management and Leadership Textbook

Leadership paradoxes: rethinking leadership for an uncertain world

Richard Bolden, Morgen Witzel and Nigel Linacre (eds)

Taylor & Francis

A guide to professional doctorates in business and management

Lisa Anderson, Jeff Gold, Jim Stewart and Richard Thorpe

SAGE Publications

Employability: making the most of your career development

John Neugebauer and Jane Evans-Brain

SAGE Publications

The origins of ethical failures: lessons for leaders

Dennis Gentilin


Employment relations: fairness and trust in the workplace

Cecilie Bingham

SAGE Publications

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About the competition

The Management Book of the Year competition, which is now in its seventh year, was created to uncover the best books on management and leadership, and help raise the profile of the great management writing published in the UK.

The winners of the five categories and the overall winner – who will scoop a £5,000 prize – will be announced at an awards evening at the British Library on 7 February 2017.

A full listing of the shortlisted books and more details on the expert judging panel are available via the competition website Follow the hashtag #managementgold on Twitter to get tips, advice and information on the books in this year’s competition.

Last year’s overall winner was Frugal Innovation by Navi Radjou and Jaideep Prabhu, published by Profile (Economist Books). Previous overall and category winners include Steven D’Souza, Diana Renner, Richard Newton, Christopher Bones, Henry Mintzberg, Clayton M. Christensen and Philip Kotler.MBOY Gold


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