A new book, which is written by an organisational behaviour expert at London Business School and unlocks corporate solutions to the world’s toughest problems, has been shortlisted for the CMI Management Book of the Year prize.


The Key, by Lynda Gratton, Professor of Management Practice in Organisational Behaviour, London Business School, is one of a 24-strong shortlist for the prize, announced today by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the British Library.

The Key: How to solve the world’s toughest problems, which contains case studies from more than 20 companies, explores the ways in which today’s corporations are re-shaping business and tackling some of the world’s toughest social issues. 

Professor Gratton’s book includes many examples of businesses as a real force for the common good, climate change, income equality and world poverty.

A record 160 books were entered into this year’s competition across five categories: Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Practical Manager, The Commuter’s Read, the Management and Leadership Textbook, and a new category, Management Futures.

The five category winners and an overall winner will be announced at an awards evening at the British Library on 9 February 2015. The winning author will take home a £5,000 prize.

Professor Gratton’s eight books including The Key have been translated into more than 15 languages.