The A-List: World's Most Respected Management Books

Best Management Books

The Institute's Executive Society recognizes and honors the works of the world's top management authors. A team of The Institute researchers conducted the study. Researchers' criteria for accepting nominations included the importance of work, media coverage, recognition within the consulting, academia and international management communities.  According to Mr. Med Jones, Editor-in-Chief, no "elite" list is all inclusive, there are many excellent books that do not have equal media or research exposure. The nomination for A List is open worldwide. To participate in the survey, please visit the Institute's Global Management Polls

Methodology and Ranking Criteria

The survey methodology provides the ability to validate nominations and allows insights into the nominees' critical success factors.
  • Public stakeholders can nominate the most respected books and their authors
  • Voters are then asked to give the reasons for their nominations, thus providing valuable insight into what key factors drive the success of these nominees. Questions are presented in free-form and open-ended formats.
  • Further research is conducted to validate the entries using sales figures, readers ratings and industry impact as expressed in the global media.
  • After verification and acceptance of the nomination, the input is then statistically analyzed taking into consideration the geographic region, the number of votes, the listed reasons and the order in which they are listed.
  • When two or more book score equally on overall ratings (reach a tie), the Institute editors refer to the number of votes.

In a nutshell, the public nominates, the researchers validate the nominations, and the number votes determines the respectability and ranking.

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The following is a list of the best management books

The Most Respected Management Books 

      Big Vision, small Business : The Four Keys to Finding Success & Satisfaction as a Lifestyle Entrepreneur
    Leading High Impact Teams: The Coach Approach to Peak Performance

Good to Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great
    The War for Talent
    Filling the Glass : The Skeptic's Guide to Positive Thinking in Business
    Here Today, Here Tomorrow: Transforming Your Workforce from High-Turnover to High-Retention
The Healthy Scorecard: How to Build Balanced Scorecards That Employees and Investors Will Love!
    The Art of Profitability
    The New Law of Demand Supply: The Revolutionary New Demand Strategy for Faster Growth and Higher Profits
    Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work & in Life, One Conversation at a Time
    The Phoenix Effect: 9 Revitalizing Strategies No Business Can Do Without
    Global Innovation
  The Innovator's Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth
  Financial Reckoning Day: Surviving the Soft Depression of the 21st Century
  Fish! A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results
  In the Company of Owners: The Truth about Stock Options (And Why Every Employee Should Have Them)

The Maverick and His Machine: Thomas Watson, Sr. and the Making of IBM
  The New Financial Order: Risk in the 21st Century (Paperback)
  Wheels for the World: Henry Ford, His Company, and a Century of Progress
  The Great Unraveling: Losing Our Way in the New Century
  Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done
  The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
  Double-Digit Growth: How Great Companies Achieve It--No Matter What
  The Leadership Pill: The Missing Ingredient in Motivating People Today
  The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
    The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It
    The Sales Bible: The Ultimate Sales Resource, Revised Edition
    The Leadership Challenge Workbook
    First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently
    The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You
    Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In
    The Present : The Secret to Enjoying Your Work And Life, Now!
    The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
    The Smartest Guys In The Room
    The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable


Other "A List" survey results (2005)

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