Recognizing and Promoting the World's Best Business Titles


Jenkins Group is proud to announce the winners of the 13th annual Axiom Business Book Awards. These gold, silver and bronze medal-winning books make up an incredible reading list - an informative and entertaining list that represents a wide range of business topics, created by a diverse collection of authors and publishers.

Congratulations to all on your excellent, medal-winning accomplishments. With the motto, "Success Through Knowledge," exploration of today's most important business and leadership issues is what the Axiom Awards are all about, and the 82 medals, chosen from over 500 entries, have great insights and advice to offer forward-thinking business people. This year's winning publishers and authors represent 16 U.S. states, as well as two Australian states, two Canadian provinces, plus Spain, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland.

2020 Axiom Business Book Award Winners: Urging Business Leaders Toward a Sustainable Future

(Traverse City, MI - Feb 19, 2020) Jenkins Group is proud to announce the winners of the 13th annual Axiom Business Book Awards. A total of 82 medalists in 23 categories have been named, on widely varying topics from Sales and Leadership to Entrepreneurship and Business Technology.

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The Axiom Awards' purpose is to bring attention to cutting-edge books and ideas that will improve the way we do business today and in the future. Two medalists in the Business Commentary category whose titles are "ripped from the headlines" are Red Meat Republic: A Hoof-to-Table History of How Beef Changed America (Princeton) and Pipe Dreams: The Fight for Canada's Energy Future (Viking).

Many other medal-winning titles address what may be the "hottest" issue of the day, climate change. Wildfires in Australia, floods in the southern U.S., and Jeff Bezos’ $10 billion “Climate Pledge” and commitment to renewable energy all point toward a new urgency to address the impact of climate change on the world economy. The four medalists in this year's Philanthropy/Non-Profit/Sustainability category prove this out:

Can Business Save the Earth? (Stanford) Yes, say authors Michael Lenox and Aaron Chaterji. “In particular, we need we need to catalyze markets to create disruptive sustainable technologies that will displace existing technologies across a wide number of sectors. We need innovative new products, services, and business models that will create value for consumers in new ways while substantially reducing environmental impacts.”

But will the public trust business leaders to “do the right thing?” According to Ingrid C. Burke in her foreword to silver medal-winning,  A Better Planet: 40 Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future (Yale), “Public appreciation for what science and technology can bring us remains strong when it comes to curing illness, engineering solutions that result in enhanced communication over smartphones and the internet, and delivering new and exciting modes of transportation. But resistance rises with regard to solutions that seem to address distant threats or that carry some short-term hardship in return for a longer-term benefit.”

Some business leaders may also be resistant, but the ”devastating environmental truths behind the unprecedented and steady growth in material wealth…can no longer be ignored,” say authors Marcello Tonelli and Nicoló Cristoni in their Strategic Management and the Circular Economy (Routledge). “The reality in which we live gives firms two options: take notice but do not act and instead go with the flow until externally forced to change (due to depletion of prohibitive prices of raw materials, customers’ boycotts, environmental regulations, etc.), or take charge of the situation and rethink their business models from top to bottom.”

Author Pamela Ryan, PhD, in the gold medal-winning Impact Imperative: Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Investing to Transform the Future (Greenleaf Book Group), says that a business leader must “think and act life a futurist,” laying it out in simple terms: “Ask, Is it good for people? Is it good for the planet? Does it do harm anywhere in the ecosystem?”

With the motto, "Success Through Knowledge," exploration of issues is what the Axiom Awards are about, and all 82 of the medalists, chosen from over 500 entries, have great insights and advice to offer forward-thinking business people. This year’s medals went to publishers and authors representing 13 U.S. states, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Germany and Switzerland -- a blend of established Big 5 publishers, university presses, and independent publishers of all sizes. The Axiom Awards offer business people up-to-date information across a wide spectrum of concepts and viewpoints, helping them succeed in an increasingly volatile world.

"Business leaders around the world are waking up to a 'new normal' in which younger consumers demand companies do their part to reduce environmental impact," said Axiom founder Jerrold Jenkins. “This year’s award-winning books embrace change, offer solutions, and help business people keep learning and growing."
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"The Axiom Business Book Awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary business books and their creators, with the understanding that business people are a very well-read and informed segment of the population, eager to learn about great new books that will inspire and inform them, and help them improve their careers and businesses."

"The Axiom Awards are presented by Jenkins Group, a Michigan-based book publishing and marketing services company that has operated the popular Independent Publisher Book Awards contest since 1996. Founder Jerrold R. Jenkins is the author of three books on the business of publishing: Inside the Bestsellers, Publish To Win, and The Independent Publisher: How to Build and Promote Your Best-Selling Book."