What are the management books of the year?


There are galaxies of business books out there promising managers the secret to successful business techniques.

But which ones are the most helpful?

Plough into the management canon without proper guidance and you’ll only find yourself grappling with how to introduce conflicting ideas to the workplace, or adopting management tactics that will leave you enraged and confused, let alone those who you’re managing.

So wonder no-longer where to begin. Ignore the rest and start with the best. The helpful people at the Chartered Management Institute have compiled their shortlist for the management books of the year.

Here is the list:

Accelerate: building strategic agility to lead through constant change

John P. Kotter

Harvard Business Review Press

Fish can’t see water: how national culture can make or break your corporate strategy

Kai Hammerich and

Richard D. Lewis


Bizbook 2

The power of global teams: driving growth and innovation in a fast changing world

Elisabeth Marx

Palgrave Macmillan

The key: how corporations succeed by solving the world’s toughest problems

Lynda Gratton

McGraw-Hill Education

Leadership PQ: how political intelligence sets successful leaders apart

Gerry Reffo and Valerie Wark

Kogan Page

The innovation book: how to manage ideas and execution for outstanding results

Max Mckeown


Bizbook 5

The first mile: a launch manual for getting great ideas into the market

Scott D. Anthony

Harvard Business Review Press

Open data now: the secret to hot startups, smart investing, savvy marketing, and fast innovation

Joel Gurin

McGraw-Hill Education

Customer innovation: customer-centric strategy for enduring growth

Marian Debruyne

Kogan Page

Gear up: test your business model potential

and plan your path to success

Lena Ramfelt, Jonas Kjellberg and Tom Kosnik


Bizbook 3

How to think strategically: strategy – your roadmap to innovation and results

Davide Sola and Jerome Couturier


Success, your way: do what you’re meant to do

G. Richard Shell


The leader’s guide to managing people: how to use soft skills to get hard results

Mike Brent and Fiona Elsa Dent


Communicate to inspire: a guide for leaders

Kevin Murray

Kogan Page

The little book of big management theories

… and how to use them

James McGrath and Bob Bates


Free! Love your work, love your life

Chris Baréz-Brown


Talk lean: Shorter meetings. Quicker results. Better relations

Alan H. Palmer


The glass closet: why coming out is good business

John Browne


Not knowing: the art of turning uncertainty into possibility

Steven D’Souza and Diana Renner

LID Publishing

Bizbook 4

Building the pyramid: the winning

(formula)® approach to delivering success

on your organisation’s growth journey

John Stein

TWF Publications

Essentials of entrepreneurship: evidence and practice

Robert A. Baron

Edward Elgar

Leadership: practice and perspectives

Kevin Roe

Oxford University Press

Methodological school of management

V. B. Khristenko, A. G. Reus,

A. P. Zinchenko et al


Organizations and management in cross-cultural context

Zeynep Aycan, Rabindra N. Kanungo and Manuel Mendonca


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