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Every year, the world-class editors at getAbstract read through the most inspiring, outstanding, and enlightening English and German nonfiction business literature available, and choose four recipients of the getAbstract International Book Award.

The competition is fierce as getAbstract assesses thousands of titles in the following categories: management, strategy, sales and marketing, human resources, economics, politics, finance and career development.

“We all know that the world of business is highly dynamic and competitive. Often, the smallest details – the right knowledge at the right time – can make the biggest difference,” says Patrick Brigger, Co-Founder and Chairman of getAbstract. “That’s why we don’t just compress knowledge, we also promote the authors and publishers who work tirelessly to give professionals the knowledge they need to stay ahead of the game.”

This year, the four winners were announced during the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany. And the winners are:

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The getAbstract International Book Award is now in its sixteenth year, and has carved a path of excellence and recognition for authors who are on the forefront of business insight and innovation.  “I consider it a great honor to receive the getAbstract International Book Award 2016,” says Robert Tercek, author of Vaporized. “GetAbstract is the only organization that publishes detailed reviews of every business book, which means they are deeply knowledgeable about the entire competitive set of titles. The fact that my book Vaporized was chosen from such a broad collection of excellent work is a truly meaningful distinction.”

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This year’s winners during the award ceremony at Frankfurt Book Fair

The four winners were chosen out of ten finalists that included Geoff Colvin, Robert M. Galford, Scott Malcomson, Werner Gleissner, Weert Canzler and Paul Schreyer.

For more information about getAbstract and the International Book Award, please go to www.getabstract.com/bookaward.

The Human Element

2016/8/19

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It’s easy to be overwhelmed by technology. Innovation occurs so rapidly that you sometimes wonder whether machines – not people – are best suited to adapt. But there’s hope for us humans if we play to our strengths – intellect, empathy, enthusiasm, intuition, tolerance, and on.

That’s one of the unifying themes among the five English finalists for the 16th getAbstract International Book Award. Two nominated titles from the English and German language categories will receive the award in an official ceremony on October 19 at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

When the getAbstract International Book Award launched in 2001, it was the first international prize of its kind to honor outstanding works in the field of business literature. This year, getAbstract assessed more than 10,000 English and German business books in the fields of leadership and management, strategy, sales and marketing, human resources, economics and politics, finance, and career development.

The five English nominees:

Humans Are Underrated, Geoff Colvin, Portfolio, PRH/Nicholas Brealey Publishing

Yes, computers already have taken over many job duties. And it’s impossible to halt the evolution of technology. Yet our ability to interact and relate is what separates us from machines. Colvin believes that human beings will never become obsolete as long as we practice empathy and mutual understanding.

Invisible Influence, Jonah Berger, Simon & Schuster

Though the American culture, in particular, values uniqueness, we are still products of social conditioning. It’s unavoidable – other people influence our choices, behaviors, likes and dislikes. Berger suggests that while we strive for individuality, we also unconsciously seek acceptance.

Simple Sabotage, Robert M. Galford, Bob Frisch, Cary Greene, HarperOne/HarperCollins Publishers

Even employees with noble intentions can create chaos in the workplace. In referencing a 1944 U.S. intelligence service field manual, the authors demonstrate how to disrupt an organization from within. Simple things like excessive e-mailing and long presentations can create confusion and hinder productivity.

Splinternet, Scott Malcomson, OR Books

Many people believe the atomic bomb was the seminal innovation of World War II. In fact, it was the computer. Malcomson explains how the U.S. military industrial complex actually spawned the Internet and also how the roots of venture capitalism can be traced to WWII.

Vaporized, Robert Tercek, Life Tree Media

Amazon has no stores and Uber has no cars, but they dominate their markets. Any company has the potential to go digital in the age of “vaporization.” Tercek believes that understanding this technological phenomenon can help businesspeople make the transition and remain relevant.

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Will robots take all our jobs? Not even the most fervent prophets of digitalization would claim that. What they do say, though, is that to thrive in the future economy, we’ll have to focus on the strengths that separate us from our ever-smarter digital colleagues. Over the last year, those uniquely human “soft skills” were the subject of many business books. You’ll find the most interesting among them on our shortlist – along with other highlights from the year.

getAbstract is proud to present the getAbstract International Book Award to the best business books of 2016. This year, getAbstract assessed more than 10,000 English and German business books in the fields of leadership and management, strategy, sales and marketing, human resources, economics and politics, finance, and career development. We have selected 10 finalists.

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getAbstract: In which area or industry do you expect the next big exponential business idea?

Peter Diamandis: By definition all of the various exponential technologies (Computation, Sensors and Networks, Artificial Intelligence (A.I.), Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality, Synthetic Biology, 3D Printing and Robotics) will be driving exponential business opportunities and the creation of “unicorns” in the years ahead. Some of the significant opportunities that are getting the most traction for 2016 include re-inventing Healthcare through genomics and big data and Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality. This will change many aspects of our life from retail shopping, to human-to-human interaction, to the elimination of screen technologies. Leaders in this area include Magic Leap and High Fidelity. Without question, the most powerful force for change will materialize from the application of artificial intelligence: A.I. is entering every aspect of our lives from self-driving cars, to a future where every device is “smart,” and will enter the consumer retail business in 2016 with a vengeance.

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For the 15th time, getAbstract has selected four outstanding business books for its annual International Book Award. The winners were announced, as always, at the Frankfurt Book Fair. And here’s this year’s finest:

In German:

  • Update, Warum die Datenrevolution uns alle betrifft, Michael Steinbrecher / Rolf Schumann, Campus Verlag
  • Die neue Ordnung des Geldes, Warum wir eine Geldreform brauchen, Thomas Mayer, FinanzBuch Verlag

In English:

  • BOLD, How to Go Big, Create Wealth, and Impact the World, Peter H. Diamandis / Steven Kotler, Simon & Schuster, Inc.
  • SAPIENS, A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari, Harper/HarperCollins Publishers

getAbstract is continually screening new publications from all corners of the world, with special focus on the fields of Management, Strategy, Sales & Marketing, Human Resources, Economics, Politics, Finance, Career, and Trends. If something looks promising, we examine it closer and our editorial team decides whether it is really good enough to be summarized. Hence, our pick is already the crème de la crème. To pick four titles that stand out from this elite group is no easy task. Still, year after year, we rise to the challenge.

That’s why the getAbstract International Book Award is not only the longest-standing but, perhaps more importantly, is also one of the most prestigious business book awards on the planet.

“There is no group of people in the whole world that reads more business books than the people at getAbstract”, says Rolf Dobelli, best-selling author and co-founder of getAbstract, “And there is no group of people that rates books better than the editorial team of getAbstract. So if you look for an ideal group of people to select these books it’s really the people at getAbstract.”

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For more information about the getAbstract International Book Award visit us at www.getabstract.com/bookaward. And this link gets you to a video about the award.

Eye on the Prize

2015/8/13

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What on earth can a scholarly meditation of mankind’s fickle journey through history possibly have in common with the characteristics of exponential entrepreneurship; Coca-Cola’s design principles and agility; Baby Boomers not only postponing retirement but also launching businesses; or the role conversations play in the successful implementation of corporate strategies?

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The world is changing faster than ever before. Such volatility and uncertainty is frightening for some and exciting for others. getAbstract falls into the latter category, because changing environments always provide inspiration for great books.  The books getAbstract selects for its library are all relevant to business, but they share one other characteristic: They never advise “business as usual.”

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In October, Christopher Surdak was awarded with getAbstract’s International Book Award for his outstanding Data Crush. The Information Technology veteran has over 20 years of strategy and information management experience and currently works with Hewlett-Packard, for whom he is their global subject matter expert for analytics, E-discovery and information governance.

Big Data is a current “buzz” phrase in business, referencing the unlimited data we now have access to, thanks in large part, to the Internet and social media, which has made it effortless to capture and analyze information.

We recently caught up with Chris to learn a little more about him and, of course, his views on big data.

gA: Hi Chris. Can you tell us a little about your background and what got you interested in data.

CS: I’ve seen the technology evolve over 20 something years. Not just the technology part but how it impacts society and our behavior. Seeing how this was developing about eight or nine years ago, the engineer in me saw something is changing. Something’s different this time, the Smartphones and social media. So I got very interested in where that was going to go I started to see the legal implications and regulatory implications too.

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A celebration of this year’s most innovative, influential, and powerful nonfiction works

Every year, the world-class editors at getAbstract read through the most inspiring, outstanding, and enlightening English and German nonfiction business literature available, and choose four recipients of the getAbstract International Book Award. Here is a look at the 2014 winners announced during the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany.

English

  • Data Crush by Christopher Surdak, AMACOM A Division of American Management Association
  • The Frackers by Gregory Zuckerman, Portfolio, Penguin USA, A Penguin Random House Company

German

  • Geld by Christian Felber, Deuticke, Paul Zsolnay Verlag
  • Wie wir uns täglich die Zukunft versauen by Pero Mićić, Econ, Ullstein Buchverlage

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Now in its fourteenth year, getAbstract honors ten critically acclaimed nonfiction books from the past year’s business literature. This is the longest-running international business book award program and celebrates English and German-language works. Previous winners include celebrated authors such as George A. Akerlof, Phil Rosenzweig, Jared Diamond and Detlev S. Schlichter.

“I feel honored to have received this award in previous years from an organization that has a reputation for quality analysis and review of business books,” said Robert J. Shiller, Nobel Laureate and Yale University Professor. “It means more to me to receive an award like this than it is to make a bestseller list.” Read the rest of this entry »

The award ceremony takes place at 4 p.m on October 9, 2013, in the “Lesezelt” at Frankfurt Book Fair

Lucerne, Switzerland – July 29, 2013. Have we learned from the financial crisis? Can business repair the economic damage the crisis inflicted? Can we predict the future? The best authors dare to ask big questions. They research, analyze and scrutinize. They provide us with food for thought – and in the best cases, it’s a feast.

getAbstract is proud to present the getAbstract International Book Award to the best business books of 2013 This year, getAbstract assessed more than 10,000 English and German business books in the fields of leadership and management, strategy, sales and marketing, human resources, economics and politics, finance, and career development, and we have selected 10 finalists.

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Lucerne, Switzerland – July 30, 2012 – Albert Einstein once said, “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.” getAbstract concurs. Good authors recognize problems and break them down to their basic elements. Moreover, the very best writers even have some ideas about how to solve these inextricable dilemmas.

For the 12th time since 2001, getAbstract is proud to award a prize for the best business books of 2012 at the opening of the Frankfurt Book Fair, on October 10, 2012. getAbstract (www.getAbstract.com) assessed more than 10,000 English and German business books in the fields of leadership and management, strategy, sales and marketing, human resources, economics and politics, finance, and career development, and we have selected 10 finalists. The 2012 nominees are:

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App-Economy by Ansgar Mayer – mi-Wirtschaftsbuch/Münchner Verlagsgruppe
Ausgegeizt by Uli Burchardt – Campus Verlag
Data Unser by Björn Bloching, Lars Luck, Thomas Ramge – Redline/Münchner Verlagsgruppe
Der amerikanische Patient by Josef Braml – Siedler/Random House Verlagsgruppe
Zerschlagt die Banken by Rudolf Hickel – Econ/Ullstein Verlage

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Inside Apple by Adam Lashinsky – Business Plus/Hachette Group
Paper Money Collapse by Detlev S. Schlichter – John Wiley & Sons
Reverse Innovation by Vijay Govindarajan, Chris Trimble – Harvard Business Review Press
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman – Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Too Big to Know by David Weinberger – Basic Books/Perseus Books Group

Two of the nominated titles from each language category will receive this well-established and, in the international publishing world, coveted business book award. The official awards ceremony will take place on October 10, 2012, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Frankfurt Book Fair’s “Lesezelt” in Frankfurt am Main.

About the getAbstract International Book Award

This year, the award celebrates its 12th anniversary. When getAbstract launched its business book award in 2001, it was the first international award of its kind. Since then, getAbstract has presented the prize to such esteemed authors as George A. Akerlof, Robert J. Shiller, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Ian Morris, Benoît Mandelbrot, Malcolm Gladwell, Niall Ferguson, Joseph Stiglitz, Thomas Sowell, Chris Anderson, Peter Sloterdijk, Gunter Dueck, Uwe Jean Heuser, Wolfgang Münchau and Hans-Werner Sinn.

For more details about previous award winners, please go to:

http://www.getAbstract.com/Bookaward.

Each year, getAbstract assesses more than 10,000 English and German business books. The nominees for the getAbstract International Book Award represent the best and most innovative business books of 2011, making them the “crème de la crème.”

We are proud to announce that the winners of the English category are Tom Devine and Tarek F. Maassarani for The Corporate Whistleblower’s Survival Guide (published by Berrett-Koehler Publishers) and Ian Morris for Why the West Rules – for Now (published in English by Farrar, Straus and Giroux inside the US and by Profile Books outside the US).

In the German category, the award goes to Tobias Schrödel for Hacking für Manager (published by Gabler) and Manfred Hoefle for Managerismus (published by Wiley-VCH, the German branch of John Wiley & Sons).

Congratulations to the winning authors.

Which energy sources have a viable future? Does China’s growth threaten Western values? What illnesses afflict the global economy? How can firms win customers in the digital age? getAbstract has nominated authors whose works provide answers to some of the world’s most pressing questions.

For the 11th year running, getAbstract will present its award for the Business Book of the Year at the opening of the Frankfurt Book Fair on October 12, 2011.

Two English titles and two German titles will receive the prestigious award, which over the course of 11 years has come to be highly regarded in the publishing world. Take a look at the finalists below. Click on any title for a preview.

English

The Corporate Whistleblower’s Survival Guide
The Master Switch
The Thank You Economy
Triumph of the City
Why the West Rules – for Now

German

Aufbruch – Unser Energiesystem im Wandel
Der Währungscrash kommt!
Die Weichmacher
Hacking für Manager
Managerismus

Since 2001, getAbstract has awarded the prize to esteemed authors such as George A. Akerlof, Robert J. Shiller, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Benoît Mandelbrot, Joseph Stiglitz, Malcolm Gladwell, Thomas Sowell and Chris Anderson, as well as their publishers. To learn more about previous getAbstract International Book Award winners, visit www.getAbstract.com/Bookaward.

Congratulations to the winners of the 10th Annual getAbstract Book Award: David Rhodes and Daniel Stelter, authors of Accelerating Out of the Great Recession,  and Peter D. Schiff and Andrew J. Schiff, authors of How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes. In the German language category, the awards went to Markt ohne Moral by Susanne Schmidt and Exit by Meinhard Miegel. getAbstract presented the awards at the Frankfurt Book Fair on Wednesday, October 6.

If you would like to meet some of the getAbstract team, stop by our stand at the Frankfurt Book Fair. We are at M436 in Hall 4.2 until October 10. We look forward to meeting you.