What is the Best International Business Book?

We rank books about international business by leading authors that are used in top MBA programs. The result is the best international business books of all time.


We received an e-mail from a regular reader says "Now I am in charge of buying and contract manufacturing of key raw materials but I am quite new to this area. 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. 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 textbooks and find that they are categorized as below,

- General international business
- Global marketing or global business
- Global supply chain management
- Global organizations and human resource
- International economics 
- International finance
- International monetary system
- International trade law
- Export and import
- Political economy and foreign markets

Data Collection
We come up with a data collection plan as below,

- We visit the sites of leading MBA programs in international business around the world and check out which books about international business are recommended. 

- After that, we compile a list of books and textbook covering international business 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 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 books and try to find out if some of them got strong endorsements from business leaders such as Chief Executive Officer, President, Chairman and so on.

In short, we collect data and evaluate each book objectively. Only books mentioned on reading lists of top MBA programs are included. We use the reader's feedback and endorsement from top business leaders for evaluation.

10 Best 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. Import/Export: How to Take Your Business Across Borders by Carl Nelson

  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 these books will help you cope with the challenge of global competition? Do you have any other international business books or textbooks you would recommend?

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 learn more about him here or connect with him via TwitterQuora and Google+ or drop him a line via e-mail.