7 Best International Business Books CEOs Read

We rank international trade books used in top MBA programs in international business in the nations and here is the list of 7 best international business books.

Finding 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 some good international trade books?"

International Business Books Ranking

In the past, we made many book lists that get attention from both authors and publishers in many subjects and disciplines such as supply chain management, lean manufacturing, inventory management, six sigma, customer service. We also have many international trade books in our own library.

In order to provide a good book to recommend, we conduct a short survey of international trade 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 international trade books are recommended in the syllabus and course outlines.

- Next, we compile the list of 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 international trade 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.

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Best International Business Books are as below:

  1. Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant

  2. Negotiating Globally: How to Negotiate Deals, Resolve Disputes, and Make Decisions Across Cultural Boundaries

  3. Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors

  4. Redefining Global Strategy: Crossing Borders in a World Where Differences Still Matter

  5. The Big Pivot: Radically Practical Strategies for a Hotter, Scarcer, and More Open World

  6. Leading with Cultural Intelligence: The Real Secret to Success

  7. Being Global: How to Think, Act, and Lead in a Transformed World

Do you like international business books on this list?


- 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.

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Last review and update: April 24, 2020
All contents are written by Ben Benjabutr unless marked as [Guest Commentary]

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Ben Benjabutr is the author and editor of SupplyChainOpz. He holds an M.Sc. in Logistics Management with 10+ years of experience in supply chain management. You can connect with Ben via Twitter, and Quora or drop him a line via e-mail.