My colleague Sally Halper who looks after Business and Management in the Social Sciences collections of the The British Library, has collaborated with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to launch a Management Book of the Year competition. The aim is to find the UK’s best management writers, and to raise the profile of the great management writing being produced by UK authors.
It is the UK’s first ever competition to focus specifically on management and leadership books and to have a category dedicated to texts in a digital format.
The competition is open to individual authors, publishers and agents who can enter books that were published within the 12 months from August 1 2009 to 31 July 2010, and for the digital category, between 1 August 2008 and 31 July 2010.
Books can be entered in three competition categories:
• Practical Manager: Books that provide insights or guidance to help practising managers in their work or professional development
• Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Texts that inspire innovation, encourage business or product development or support organisational development/adaptability
• Digital Management Book: Titles which make use of technology to enhance the accessibility of the text and the readers’ engagement with the subject matter covered
Further information for authors, publishers, and agents, including how to enter a book plus full competition rules can be found at www.managementbookoftheyear.org.uk.
In addition the CMI have started a web discussion on contributor’s favourite management and leadership books, with some fascinating examples given including Chasing the Rabbit: How Market Leaders Outdistance the Competition and How Great Companies Can Catch Up and Win by Steven Spear.