Social purpose is one of the key themes behind the shortlist for the Management Book of the Year Prize.
Presented for the past five years by the Chartered Management Institute and the British Library, and supported by the Henley Business School, the £5,000 prize is given to the best book on management and leadership published in the UK.
This year, 24 titles have been shortlisted, from a record 160 books entered. The books are split into five categories – Management Futures, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Practical Manager, The Commuter's Read and Management and Leadership Textbook.
Of the 24, Pearson has four books shortlisted, Kogan Page and Wiley Capstone each have three and McGraw-Hill Education, Harvard Business Review Press and Portfolio Penguin each have two.
Five category winners will be announced at an awards evening held on 9th February 2015, with an overall winner taking home the top prize.
Ann Francke, CMI Chief Executive, said: “Some of this year’s most exciting entries show that the business isn’t just about business. Leaders are increasingly recognising that their organisations can be a force for the common good and solve some of the world’s toughest challenges. But that means developing a management culture that makes ethics, corporate social responsibility and sustainability an integral part of the business model."
The full shortlists are:
Accelerate: building strategic agility to lead through constant change by John P Kotter (Harvard Business Review Press)
The power of global teams: driving growth and innovation in a fast changing world by Elisabeth Marx (Palgrave Macmillan)
Fish can't see water: how national culture can make or break your corporate strategy by Kai Hammerich and Richard D Lewis (Wiley)
The key: how corporations succeed by solving the world’s toughest problems by Lynda Gratton (McGraw-Hill Education)
Leadership PQ: how political intelligence sets successful leaders apart by Gerry Reffo and Valerie Wark (Kogan Page)
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The innovation book: how to manage ideas and execution for outstanding results by Max McKeown (Pearson - Financial Times Publishing)
Customer innovation: customer-centric strategy for enduring growth by Marian Debruyne (Kogan Page)
Open data now: the secret to hot startups, smart investing, savvy marketing, and fast innovation by Joel Gurin (McGraw-Hill Education)
The first mile: a launch manual for getting great ideas into the market by Scott D Anthony (Harvard Business Review Press)
Gear up: test your business model potential and plan your path to success by Lena Ramfelt, Jonas Kjellberg and Tom Kosnik (Wiley Capstone)
Communicate to inspire: a guide for leaders by Kevin Murray (Kogan Page)
How to think strategically: strategy - your roadmap to innovation and results by Davide Sola and Jerome Couturier (Pearson - Financial Times Publishing)
The little book of big management theories… and how to use them by James McGrath and Bob Bates (Pearson)
Success, your way: do what you're meant to do by G Richard Shell (Portfolio Penguin)
The leader's guide to managing people: how to use soft skills to get hard results by Mike Brent and Fiona Elsa Dent (Pearson - Financial Times Publishing)
The Commuter's Read
Building the pyramid: the winning (formula)® approach to delivering success on your organisation's growth journey by John Stein (TWF Publications)
Not knowing: the art of turning uncertainty into possibility by Steven D’Souza and Diana Renner (LID Publishing)
Talk lean: Shorter meetings. Quicker results. Better relations by Alan H Palmer (Wiley - Capstone)
Free! Love your work, love your life by Chris Baréz-Brown (Portfolio Penguin)
The glass closet: why coming out is good business by John Browne (Ebury - WH Allen)
Management and Leadership Textbook
Organizations and management in cross-cultural context by Zeynep Aycan, Rabindra N Kanungo and Manuel Mendonca (Sage)
Essentials of entrepreneurship: evidence and practice by Robert A. Baron (Edward Elgar)
Methodological school of management by V B Khristenko, A G Reus, and A P Zinchenko and others (Bloomsbury)
Leadership: practice and perspectives by Kevin Roe (Oxford University Press)