Originals Wins CMI Management Book of The Year 2017

New York Times Bestselling Author Adam Grant scoops the top award

6 February 2017: Originals by Adam Grant and published by Ebury (WH Allen) beat off the competition at the Chartered Management Institute’s (CMI) Management Book of the Year Awards 2017 last night [6 February 2016]. The book, which examined how people can champion new ideas and how leaders can fight groupthink, was awarded the £5,000 top prize by CMI. More than 150 books were entered into the competition.

Originals received its first win of the night in the Awards’ ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship’ category as the read that will “best inspire innovation, encourage business or product development or support organisational development and adaptability”.

In Originals, Adam Grant shows how to improve the world by championing novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battling conformity, and bucking outdated traditions. Using surprising studies and stories spanning business, politics, sports, and entertainment, Grant explores how to recognise a good idea, speak up without getting silenced, build a coalition of allies, choose the right time to act, and manage fear and doubt.

This themes of this year’s five category winners* also reflect prevailing business interests as the UK edges towards Brexit, including the art of negotiation, forecasting, business ethics, innovation and improving productivity.   

Adam Grant said:

“It’s a tremendous honour to win CMI’s Management Book of the Year. Originals is about how to champion new ideas and fight groupthink - a topic that matters today more than ever for leaders and managers, not to mention politicians. I thank CMI, the judges and everyone involved with the competition for this recognition.”

The award, which is run in association with The British Library and sponsored by Henley Business School, is judged by a panel of leading business and management figures. The winning book was selected by Patrick Dunne CCMI (Chairman, EY Foundation), Andy Rubin (Chairman, Pentland Brands), Professor Rebecca Taylor (Executive Dean, Faculty of Business and Law at The Open University), Delroy Beverley (Chairman, Bradford University School of Management) and Diane Lees CBE (Director General, Imperial War Museums).

Ann Francke, chief executive of CMI, which runs the competition, said:

“Originals is a timely winner, offering valuable lessons for leaders and managers as they face up to the challenges and opportunities of Brexit. We need to change the old default ways of doing business, and this book will help you to do plenty of original thinking to stay competitive. I also congratulate our other winners for their highly topical insights into the art of negotiation, business ethics and boosting productivity – all are essential reads for today's uncertain business and political climate.”

Phil Spence, Chief Operating Officer of The British Library, which supports the competition, said:

“Congratulations to Adam Grant for being awarded CMI Management Book of the Year with Originals. With the British Library’s unparalleled collection of management resources, we are delighted to be hosting the awards once again, championing innovation in management and leadership.”   

Launched in 2010, the CMI Management Book of the Year Awards help managers choose between the thousands of management books published every year. The winners are those easily accessible reads that offer practical lessons for managers that can be applied on an everyday basis.

Management Book of the Year Awards 2018 opens for entries on 1 April 2017.

Follow the hashtag #managementgold on Twitter for further updates and to get tips, advice and information on the books in this year’s competition.

For the full list of shortlisted books and content, please visit: www.managementbookoftheyear.org.uk

*The Management Book of the Year category winners are:

  • Practical Manager

Awarded to the entry that, in the opinion of the judges, offers the best practical insights or guidance to help practising managers in their work or professional development.

Winner: The Negotiation Book by Steve Gates, published by Wiley (Capstone)


  • Management Futures

Awarded to the entry that, in the opinion of the judges, offers a valuable insight into the future of management, providing current and aspiring managers with the skills or knowledge to support them in the workplace of the future.

Winner: Superforecasting by Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner, published by Random House Books


  • Commuter’s Read

Awarded to the entry that, in the opinion of the judges, will best serve commuters and retain their attention during a journey to work by inspiring them, informing them about and engaging them with a management and leadership topic.

Winner: How to be REALLY Productive by Grace Marshall, published by Pearson


  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Awarded to the entry that, in the opinion of the judges, will best inspire innovation, encourage business or product development or support organisational development and adaptability.

Winner: Originals by Adam Grant, published by Ebury (WH Allen)


  • Management and Leadership Textbook

Awarded to the entry that, in the opinion of the judges, will most effectively support a course of study on a management and leadership topic.

Winner: The Origins of Ethical Failures by Dennis Gentilin, published by Routledge

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Notes to editors

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 distributed in the UK.

The winners of the five categories and the overall winner – who has scooped a £5,000 prize – were announced at an awards evening at The British Library on 6 February 2017.

A full listing of the shortlisted books and more details on the expert judging panel are available via the competition website www.managementbookoftheyear.org.uk. 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. Previous overall and category winners include Steven D’Souza, Diana Renner, Richard Newton, Christopher Bones, Henry Mintzberg, Clayton M. Christensen and Philip Kotler.

About CMI

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Our professional management qualifications span GCSE to PhD equivalents, including the unique Chartered Manager award, which increases earning potential and improves workplace performance.

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Henley Business School

Henley Business School is one of the oldest business schools in the UK, having been established in 1945. Henley is in the 1% of all business schools worldwide to hold triple-accredited status from the leading UK, European and US accrediting bodies – AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. It is known for empowering individuals to become great professionals and outstanding business leaders who think with clarity and act with confidence and conviction. Its distinctive approach is proven to deliver results for individuals and businesses alike.