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Big Change, Best Path shortlisted for CMI Management Gold - Press Release

6th February 2017 | Warren Parry

Big Change, Best Path (9780749469429) 20th October 2016 – Big Change, Best Path: Successfully Managing Organizational Change with Wisdom, Analytics and Insight, authored by Accenture Strategy’s Warren Parry and published by Kogan Page, has been shortlisted in the Management Futures category for this year’s Management Book of the Year prize, which was revealed earlier this month by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the British Library.

The shortlist for the overall £5,000 prize - sponsored by Henley Business School – reflects and offers guidance on the challenges professional leaders face in managing multi-generational workforces increasingly shaped by technology and engaged through ethics. 

Using ground-breaking modelling, Big Change, Best Path brings unique insights to the process of organizational change, understanding success and failure, defining and describing the drivers and conditions of change, and the patterns and paths of organizational change. Warren Parry, managing director for talent and organization in Accenture Strategy, demonstrates that a new way of managing change is possible, from empirical benchmarking, predictive approaches that highlight the specific actions needed at any point of a change programme, and visualization for senior managers to better understand how each part of an organization is responding.

Parry also challenges many of the myths of change management and the dynamics of how organizations respond to change, clearly showing the common pitfalls and misunderstandings. Big Change, Best Path explains a new, more analytical way and process for driving successful change, and presents a ground-breaking vision for the future of how organizations can become more agile and resilient.

Commenting on his shortlist announcement, Parry said: “I’m delighted that Big Change, Best Path has been shortlisted for this year’s Management Book of the Year prize. We’re in an era of major changes for organizations. Digital transformation and the culture change associated with it is a major challenge for leaders and my hope is that the insight-driven research and approaches discussed in the book will help guide organizations through these changes and lead them on the best path forward.”

Ann Francke, CMI Chief Executive, said: “Many thousands of books on how to become a better manager are published every year. Our shortlist directs managers and leaders to those books that will make a definite difference to how they think and act as true management and leadership professionals. For those passionate about their career, the progressive and practical lessons within these books must be considered essential reads.”

A record 156 books were entered into this year’s competition across five categories: Management Futures; Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Practical Manager; Commuter’s Read; and Management and Leadership Textbook. The winner of each category, as well as the overall winner will be announced at an awards evening at the British Library Conference Centre on 6 February 2017 – with the winning author taking home a £5,000 prize.

Phil Spence, Chief Operating Officer at the British Library and a Companion of the CMI said:

“The British Library is very proud to be hosting the CMI Management Book of the Year awards again. Not only are we the UK’s national research Library with a world-class collection of management studies resource, but also we have a long and successful relationship with CMI and are delighted to be supporting them in their mission to develop management and leadership.”

A full list of the shortlisted books and more details on the expert judging panel are available via the competition website www.managementbookoftheyear.org.uk. Follow the hashtag #managementgold on Twitter to get tips, advice and information on the books in this year’s competition.

For a review copy, a by-lined article or to arrange an interview with the author, please contact Philippa Artus: PArtus@koganpage.com or +44 (0)20 7843 1925.

About the Competition: The Management Book of the Year competition, which is now in its seventh year, was created to uncover the best books on management and leadership, and help raise the profile of the great management writing published in the UK. The winners of the five categories and the overall winner – who will scoop a £5,000 prize – will be announced at an awards evening at the British Library on 6 February 2017.

A full list of the shortlisted books and more details on the expert judging panel are available via the competition website yearbook.managers.org.uk. Follow the hashtag #managementgold on Twitter to get tips, advice and information on the books in this year’s competition.

Last year’s overall winner was Frugal Innovation by Navi Radjou and Jaideep Prabhu, published by Profile (Economist Books). Previous overall and category winners include Steven D’Souza and Diana Renner, Richard Newton, Christopher Bones, Henry Mintzberg, Clayton M. Christensen and Philip Kotler.

About the CMI:

  •          CMI – the Chartered Management Institute – is the only chartered professional body for management and leadership, dedicated to improving managers’ skills and growing the number of qualified managers.
  •          Our professional management qualifications span GCSE to PhD equivalent levels, including the unique Chartered Manager award which increases earnings potential and improves workplace performance.
  •          We provide employers and individual managers with access to the latest management thinking and with practical online support which helps them embrace change, create high performing teams and keep ahead of the curve.
  •          With a member community of 136,000 managers and leaders, we promote high standards of ethical practice through our Professional Code of Conduct, and help managers build their expertise through online networks, regional events and mentoring opportunities.
  •          Visit www.managers.org.uk for more information.

About The British Library: The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world's greatest research libraries. It provides world class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world's largest and most comprehensive research collection. The Library's collection has developed over 250 years and exceeds 150 million separate items representing every age of written civilisation and includes books, journals, manuscripts, maps, stamps, music, patents, photographs, newspapers and sound recordings in all written and spoken languages. Up to 10 million people visit the British Library website - www.bl.uk - every year where they can view up to 4 million digitised collection items and over 40 million pages. 

About Henley Business School: Henley Business School is one of the oldest business schools in the UK, having been established in 1945. It is one of only 53 business schools in the world to hold triple-accredited status from the leading UK, European and US accrediting bodies – AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. It is known for empowering individuals to become great professionals and outstanding business leaders who think with clarity and act with confidence and conviction. Its distinctive approach is proven to deliver results for individuals and businesses alike.


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