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We’re proud to announce the shortlist for the FT and Schroders Business Book of the Year 2023

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We’re excited to share that Peter Harrison, our Group Chief Executive and Financial Times Editor, Roula Khalaf have now announced the six shortlisted books for the Business Book of the Year 2023. And we’re proud to be partnering with the FT on these awards that showcase the sharpest and most visionary thinking in the fields of business economics, the environment and society.

Now in its nineteenth year, the award is an essential calendar fixture for authors, publishers and the global business community. Each year it recognises a book which provides the ‘most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues’.

16 books were filtered by FT Journalists from over 500 submissions. Over the past few months the nine judges have immersed themselves in the books to come up with a shortlist of just six finalists.

This year’s shortlisted books, selected by the nine distinguished judges (see below) are:

  • Material World: A Substantial Story of Our Past and Future by Ed Conway, WH Allen (UK), Alfred A. Knopf (US)
  • Right Kind of Wrong: Why Learning to Fail Can Teach Us to Thrive by Amy Edmondson, Cornerstone Press (UK), Atria (US)
  • How Big Things Get Done: The Surprising Factors Behind Every Successful Project, from Home Renovations to Space Exploration by Bent Flyvbjerg and Dan Gardner, Macmillan (UK), Currency (US)
  • Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson, Simon & Schuster (UK & US)
  • Cobalt Red: How the Blood of the Congo Powers Our Lives by Siddharth Kara, St Martin's Press (UK & US)
  • The Coming Wave: AI, Power and the Twenty-First Century's Greatest Dilemma by Mustafa Suleyman with Michael Bhaskar, The Bodley Head (UK), Crown (US)

Peter Harrison, said: “I am delighted that for this first year of our partnership with the FT, we have chosen a shortlist that sheds light on the ways in which business intersects with global economics and politics and that offers solutions to the pressing challenges facing executives and policymakers at a time of profound disruption and uncertainty. These are books that are compelling, enjoyable and, above all, distinguished by writing of the highest quality.”

Find out more about each book and why Peter Harrison is excited to be part of the judging panel in this video.

The judging panel:

  • Chair, Roula Khalaf, Editor Financial Times
  • Peter Harrison
  • Mimi Alemayehou, Founder and Managing Partner, Semai Ventures LLC
  • Daisuke Arakawa, Managing Director, Nikkei Inc.
  • Mitchell Baker, Chief Executive Officer, Mozilla Corporation, Chairwoman, Mozilla Foundation
  • Herminia Ibarra, Charles Handy Professor of Organisational Behaviour, London Business School
  • James Kondo, Chairman, International House of Japan
  • Randall Kroszner, Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics, University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business
  • Shriti Vadera, Chair, Prudential Plc and Royal Shakespeare Company

The winner

The winner of the 2023 Financial Times and Schroders Business Book of the Year Award will be announced in early December. Watch this space to discover the winner, who will receive £30,000 and the authors of each of the remaining shortlisted books will be awarded £10,000.

To learn more about the award, visit and follow the conversation at #BBYA23.

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