10 International Business Books Leading CEOs Read

Which international business book you must read at all cost? In this article, international business CEOs will share their favorite international business book.

Why Should You Consider International Business?

There are so many reasons why people would like to go overseas. A company may start small by trying to find overseas suppliers in order to reduce purchasing costs. When they can scale the volume, they may try to set up a manufacturing facility in low cost country. When they understand a country more thoroughly, the objective may be changed from supply side to demand generation like establishing a distribution warehouse and distribution channel so they can attract overseas customers. No matter why you want to go overseas, you definitely need to see the big picture of international business which is always more complicated than what you've been doing at home.

Recently, we received an e-mail from regular reader says "Now I'm in charge of buying and contract manufacturing of key raw materials but I'm quite new to this area. Can you recommend a good international business book?".

Searching for Best International Business Book

In the past we made many book lists that get attention from both authors and publishers. We also have many international business books in our own library. In order to provide a good recommendation, we conduct a short survey of international business books and find that they are categorized as below,

- general international business book
- global marketing
- international economics
- international finance
- international trade law
- export and import

Anyway, we believe most international business books are classroom oriented and may not be suitable for people who would like to formulate global business strategy. Then, we come up with a data collection plan as below,

international business book

- We visit the sites of leading MBA programs in international business around the world and check out which international business book is recommended beyond a standard text book. 

- After that, we compile a list of international business book written by leading book authors and researchers in international business which are available on Amazon.com. 

- Moreover, we take a look at leading international business textbooks in our library and find out what are some books recommended in “Further Reading Section”. 

- Then, we create a big list of international business book and try to find out if some of them got strong endorsements by business leaders such as Chief Executive Office, President, Chairman and so on.

Top International Business Books are as below:

  1. Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant , recommended by Carlos Ghosn (CEO of Nissan Motor)

  2. Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors , voted as the 25 Most Influential Business Management Books by Time Magazine

  3. Import/Export: How to Take Your Business Across Borders , recommended by Guy Tozzoli (Former President of World Trade Center Association)

  4. Winning in Emerging Markets: A Road Map for Strategy and Execution , recommended by Muhtar Kent (CEO of The Coca-Cola Company)

  5. Redefining Global Strategy: Crossing Borders in a World Where Differences Still Matter , recommended by Ratan Tata (Chairman of Tata Group)

  6. Global Tilt: Leading Your Business Through the Great Economic Power Shift , recommended by Inge Thulin (CEO of 3M Company)

  7. The Big Pivot: Radically Practical Strategies for a Hotter, Scarcer, and More Open World , recommended by Thomas Falk (CEO of Kimberly-Clark)

  8. Leading with Cultural Intelligence: The Real Secret to Success , recommended by Paul Polman (CEO of Unilever)

  9. Being Global: How to Think, Act, and Lead in a Transformed World , recommended by Bob Dudley (CEO of BP)

  10. Negotiating Globally: How to Negotiate Deals, Resolve Disputes, and Make Decisions Across Cultural Boundaries , recommended by Melih Keyman (CEO of Keytrade AG)

Do you have any other international business book you'd recommend?

Posted by , the editor of SupplyChainOpz.com