10 International Business Books International CEOs Read

We rank international and global business books used in top MBA programs by leading authors. The result is the best international business books even CEOs read.

Finding the Best International Business Books

We received an e-mail from a regular reader says "I worked as a sales supervisor but now I am in charge of sourcing, procurement and contract manufacturing of the key raw materials but I am quite new to the international business and international trade. Can you recommend a good book or textbook about international business?"

In the past, we made many book lists that get attention from both authors and publishers in many subject and discipline. We also have many international trade books in our own library.

The Ranking of International Business Books

In order to provide a good book to recommend, we conduct a short survey of books that are related to international business and international trade. Then, we tally and categorize the book as below,

- General international business
- Global marketing or global business
- Global organizations and human resource
- International economics 
- International finance
- International trade law
- Export and import
- International management

After that, we come up with a data collection plan as below,

- First, we visit the sites of leading MBA programs in international business around the world and check out which books are recommended in the syllabus and course outlines.

- Next, we compile the list of the books written by leading book authors and researchers in international business, global marketing, global business, international economics, international trade law and global supply chain which are available on Amazon.com. 

- Moreover, we take a look at the 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 books and try to find out if some of them got strong endorsements from business leaders such as Chief Executive Officer, President, Chairman, international business experts and so on.

- Finally, we develop our own book category and we only recommend the best book in each category.

In short, we collect data and evaluate the books that are related to international trade and international business objectively. Only books mentioned on the reading lists of the top MBA programs are included in our final list. We use the reader's feedback and endorsement from top business leaders to evaluate and make the final cut.

The List of International Business Books are as below:

  1. Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne

  2. Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors by Michael Porter

  3. Mastering Import and Export Management by Thomas Cook

  4. Winning in Emerging Markets: A Road Map for Strategy and Execution by Tarun Khanna and Krishna Palepu

  5. Redefining Global Strategy: Crossing Borders in a World Where Differences Still Matter by Pankaj Ghemawat

  6. Global Tilt: Leading Your Business Through the Great Economic Power Shift by Ram Charan

  7. The Big Pivot: Radically Practical Strategies for a Hotter, Scarcer, and More Open World by Andrew Winston

  8. Leading with Cultural Intelligence: The Real Secret to Success by David Livermore and Soon Ang

  9. Being Global: How to Think, Act, and Lead in a Transformed World by Ángel Cabrera and Gregory Unruh

  10. Negotiating Globally: How to Negotiate Deals, Resolve Disputes, and Make Decisions Across Cultural Boundaries by Jeanne M. Brett
Do you think the books on this list will help you cope with the challenge of the hypercompetitive environment in the global economy?

Do you have other international business books to recommend?


Reference
- Morrison, A. J., & Inkpen, A. C. (1991). An analysis of significant contributions to the international business literature. Journal of International Business Studies, 22(1), 143-153.


Last review and update: April 20, 2019
About the Editor
Ben Benjabutr is the editor of SupplyChainOpz. He holds an M.Sc. in Logistics Management with 10+ years of experience in various functions in supply chain magement. In his free time, he enjoys reading business and management books. You can connect with him via Twitter, and Quora or drop him a line via e-mail.