May 21, 2014

News & Opinion: The Financial Times and McKinsey & Company 2014 Business Book of the Year Award

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 7:46 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

There has been a shake up around one of the major business book awards given every year, with McKinsey & Company taking the place of Goldman Sachs as the partner of the Financial Times for the tenth year of their prestigious award. Submissions have been open since last month, and they officially announced the launch of the 2014 Business Book of the Year Award yesterday.

Also a first this year, they have announced an additional award—the Bracken Bower Prize—which "will be given to a promising young writer with the best proposal for a book about an emerging business theme." Dominic Barton of McKinsey & Company said this new award is “aimed at encouraging the next generation to join the conversation on the challenges and opportunities of growth globally.” Business books have seen something of a youth movement in recent years, and I think they'll find there are many more young voices waiting in the wings for their opportunity to contribute.

They usually put out a longlist for the overall award in August, but it looks like they'll be skipping that step this year, going straight to the announcement of the shortlist on September 24 and the overall winner at a dinner in London on November 11. Submissions end June 30.

The past winners of this award have been:

As you can see, the award has always favored books that are big-picture, high-finance, and big-business-oriented. It will be interesting to see if that will change at all, if it will look at books that delve more into the nuts and bolts of everyday business operations, now that McKinsey & Company is involved instead of Goldman Sachs.

Whatever the case, we will be sure to update you here as the books are announced.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.