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Management Book of the Year competition

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The Chartered Management Institute Management Book of the Year, run in association with the British Library and sponsored by Henley Business School, aims to find the best of UK management writing. There is a prize of five thousand pounds for the overall winner. This article describes the competition's aims, how it works and the judging process, with a link to an article about the latest winners.


How the competition works

Judging process

Latest winners

About CMI

About Henley Business School


The competition aims to celebrate the best of management books published or distributed in the UK, from the most inspiring to the most useful. It is the UK's only competition to focus specifically on management and leadership books and to have a category dedicated to texts in a digital format.

How the competition works

The competition is open to self-published authors and publishers who can enter books that were published within the 12 months from August 1 to 31 July the year prior. The entry form can be completed online on the competition website where you'll find the competition rules and criteria for entry in full and details of the categories in this year's competition. For instance, in 2012 we introduced two new categories, Commuter's Read and Management & Leadership Textbook. One copy of each book must be sent to the British Library's Legal Deposit Office in Yorkshire, if this has not already been done. 

The judging process

The longlist of qualifying entries is published on the competition website at 

Each book is reviewed. Reviewers meet to discuss and agree the shortlist. 

The shortlist is announced in November.  The shortlist for the 2015 Awards was announced on 19 November 2014. Download the latest shortlist with their British Library shelfmarks (pdf).

The overall winner is selected by a panel of expert judges and announced at the awards evening at the British Library Conference Centre in the following January.

Latest winners 

Read an article about the most recent winners.

Download the latest shortlist (pdf)

About CMI

The Chartered Management Institute is the only chartered professional body dedicated to managers and leaders, and the organisations they work in. As founders of the National Occupational Standards for Management and Leadership excellence, CMI set the standards that others follow. CMI qualified managers make a difference in the way organisations are managed and achieve results. As a membership organisation, CMI has been providing forward-thinking advice and support to individuals and businesses for more than 50 years. CMI gives its members the tools they need to make a genuine impact on business in the UK.

About Henley Business School

Henley is a world-renowned international business school based in the UK, operating around the world, and offers a portfolio spanning the range of business education, from undergraduate courses to doctoral degrees and pure research to customised executive education alongside its world-ranked MBA. Henley is one of a few business schools worldwide to hold triple-accredited status and is ranked among the top schools in Europe. Henley Business School can be considered to be truly global, with over 7000 programme members enrolled on its various courses and located in more than 140 countries throughout the world.

Further reading


Management Book of the Year competition website

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