About the Competition.

How does it all work?

The Management Book of the Year is organised by the Chartered Management Institute in association with the British Library and is sponsored by Henley Business School.

Together we search for books that inspire and inform both existing and aspiring managers.

There are winners drawn from the five shortlisted books in each category. From these, one overall winning book will be awarded the prestigious title of Management Book of the Year and a cash prize of £5,000.

This will be presented at our President's Dinner event in May 2019.

Further information can be found below.

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Management Book of the Year Categories

We're excited to announce new and revamped categories for the 2019 competition.

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Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Awarded to the entry that best inspires innovation, encourages business or product development, or supports organisational development and adaptability.

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Practical Manager

Awarded to the entry that offers the best practical and accessible insights or guidance to help inspire managers in their work or professional development.

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Management Futures

Awarded to the entry that offers valuable insights into the future of management and the world of work, providing managers with the skills or knowledge to prepare them for change.

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Aspiring Leader

Awarded to the entry that is most useful to new managers or those with management ambitions in accelerating their skills development and providing inspiration.


Judging Process

There are four main stages of review between when a book is entered to a winner being selected.

1 Book Reviews
Each entered book is reviewed by CMI's book reviewer community.
2 Shortlisting
Informed by the reviews, the entries are whittled down to a shortlist of five books for each category.
3 Category Winners
The category judges pick a winning book for their category from the shortlisted entries.
4 Overall Winner
The final judges pick an overall winner from the category winners.

Rules & Guidance

Please consult these documents before entering the competition.
All entries are bound by the rules.

Final Judges

Our final judges were tasked with reviewing the category winning books to chose the overall competition winner.

We would like to thank our volunteer book reviewers and judges for their commitment and contribution to the competition.

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