The Best Business Books of the Year

The 21st annual getAbstract International Book Award goes to Noise.

The Best Business Books of the Year

LUCERNE, Switzerland, November 18, 2021 – This year’s winners in the English-language category are Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony, and Cass R. Sunstein for Noise. The Readers’ Choice Award goes to Jacinta M. Jiménez for The Burnout Fix.

The jury, consisting of Arnhild Walz-Rasilier, Belén Haefely, and Koni Gebistorf from getAbstract, and Peter Lau from brand eins, selected the winners. The Award was presented in cooperation with German magazine brand eins, and for the first time includes a prize money totaling 20,000 Euro.

Arnhild Walz-Rasilier, who created the Award in 2001, says:

Both winning titles are fundamental when it comes to distinguishing the important from the unimportant, information from misinformation, and acting accordingly in the fast-moving world of business.

Arnhild Walz-Rasilier

Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony, and Cass R. Sunstein

Noise (Little, Brown Spark)

Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman and his co-authors bring their expertise in decision-making to examine the phenomenon of noise. By managing noise, they say, you can solve problems instead of creating new ones.

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Wherever judgment exists, you will also find noise – and more of it than you think.

Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony and Cass R. Sunstein William Collins
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Jury comment: “The authors demonstrate an innovative approach to better decision-making. In particular, the distinction between noise and bias, and the inclusion of AI for predictive judgment stand out,” says Arnhild Walz-Rasilier, vice-president at getAbstract.

Jacinta M. Jiménez

The Burnout Fix (McGraw-Hill Education)

Burnout is an increasingly severe threat to our collective health. Stanford University psychologist Dr. Jacinta M. Jiménez believes that companies must do more than treat the symptoms of burnout: they must prevent it before it’s too late.

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The Burnout Fix

Learn practices that foster resilience and prevent work burnout altogether.

Jacinta M. Jiménez McGraw-Hill Education
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Jury comment: “Unlike other books on this topic, The Burnout Fix addresses employees who are at risk of collapsing under the daily burden, and their employers, who, while trying to keep their employees motivated, are in danger of meeting the same fate,” says Koni Gebistorf, executive editor at getAbstract.

The shortlist 2021

Find out more about the 2021 edition of the getAbstract International Book Award…

About the getAbstract International Book Award

Presented annually since 2001, the getAbstract International Book Award is among the oldest continuous non-fiction book awards in the world. Previous winners include Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo, Robert J. Shiller, George A. Akerlof, Benoît Mandelbrot, and Rosabeth Moss Kanter. getAbstract annually reviews more than 10,000 English- and

German-language non-fiction books. Under the motto “Progress through knowledge”, the jury selects the books that make the most important contributions to current business-relevant topics.

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November, 18 2021 — Update: November, 7 2022