Two Books by Authors from Bristol Leadership and Change Centre Shortlisted for CMI Management Book of the Year Award

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Two books by members of Bristol Leadership and Change Centre at Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, have been shortlisted for the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Management Book of the Year award. Held in association with the British Library and sponsored by Henley Business School, this competition aims to celebrate the best of management books published or distributed in the UK, from the most inspiring to the most useful.

The shortlisted books are Leadership Paradoxes: Rethinking leadership for an uncertain world, edited by Richard Bolden, Morgen Witzel and Nigel Linacre (Routledge, 2016), and Employability: Making the most of your career development, by John Neugebauer and Jane Evans-Brain (Sage, 2016). Both were been submitted to the Management and Leadership Textbook category, and are part of a shortlist of five.

Professor Richard Bolden, Director of Bristol Leadership and Change Centre, says “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award. Whilst traditional texts tend to analyze a range of well-known leadership theories and concepts, this book takes a problem-centered approach to illustrate the lived experience of leadership and how this informs, and is informed by, assumptions and beliefs about the dynamics of power, purpose, and identity in organizations. By exploring the ideas in this book, readers will recognize the limitations of many widely assumed truths about management and leadership and develop a more nuanced appreciation of the nature of influence and change in complex, ambiguous and uncertain environments.”

Dr John Neugebauer, Visiting Research Fellow at Bristol Leadership and Change Centre, said “We wanted a book which will be of real value to graduates. The book will help graduates find the right role and support their work development once they are in work. The book has been written to be support studies in employability and career, as well as being highly practical. In addition to theory, it includes our own HR management experience, and research with over 50 graduates across all disciplines. We have also included advice from employers as diverse as investment banking to international aid, careers advisers and recruitment specialists.”

Category and overall winners will be announced at an awards dinner at the British Library on 6th February 2017.  For further details please visit: and follow #ManagementGold on Twitter.

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