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BBLF CK Prahalad Best

Business Book Award


This annual award was instituted in 2017 in memory of late management guru Professor CK Prahalad. It recognizes and rewards the most original, impactful and thought-provoking business books written by Indian authors.

Shortlist 2020

Saying No to Jugaad - The Making of Bigb
Bridgital Nation - Solving Technology's
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The CEO Factory - Management Lessons fro
Big Billion Startup - The Untold Flipkar


Rishikesh Krishnan

Prof. Rishikesha T. Krishnan

Author, Director, IIM Bangalore
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Manish Sabharwal

Chairman, TeamLease Services
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Narayan Ramachandran

Writer, social entrepreneur, columnist 

Meena Raghunathan

Advisor CSR, Skills, Writer, Editor





Big Billion Startup - The Untold Flipkar


Subroto Bagchi
Sell Book

Shortlist 2019

No shortcuts
are you the leder you want to be
the made in inida manager
dont startup

Jury 2019

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Harish Bijoor

CEO, Harish Bijoor Consults

Rishikesh Krishnan

Prof. Rishikesha T. Krishnan

Author, Faculty, IIM Bangalore

K Giriprakash

Author, Senior Journalist, The Hindu Businessline


Shortlist 2018

Sell Book
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God's own kitchen

Jury 2018

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Harish Bijoor

CEO, Harish Bijoor Consults


R. Sriram

Management Consulting
Priya Chetty Rajagopal

Priya Chetty-Rajagopal

Founder, Multiversal Advisory


Shortlist Methodology

Process 1

The books selected are those published between January 1, 2018 to 31 Dec 2018.

We shortlisted 25 books based on reader rating and reviews

Of these the shortlisted 5 got highest average rating on Amazon, Goodreads and Flipkart for a period up to July 30, 2019 and highest number of reviews on the same platforms.

Books that are not included in the selection process

  1. Self help business books

  2. Ones that are largely a selection of case stories with limited original content

  3. Corporate hagiographies

  4. Books on macro-economics

Selection Process 2 – by the Jury


All the 5 books now have equal points when we begin the selection process


This is to eliminate biases, author’s popularity and a vast difference in marketing spend.

On a score of 1 to 5 (1 minimum – 5 maximum), the jury gives points based on each of the following two criteria. (Even decimals are used)


Criteria one – How original is the theme of the book?

Criteria two – How this book could be a game-changer, a major influencer, how inspiring is the story to its readers, how useful is the content of the book to its readers.

Criteria three - Ease of reading and style of writing 

The book that gets the highest average of the scores from these criteria will be declared the winner.

This methodology has been developed by Rishabh Media Network

The award criteria/methodology will be validated by a well-known institution or a respected consultancy. 


The award comprises a citation and a cash prize of Rs. One Lakh, sponsored by CK Prahalad’s family.



The BBLF team acknowledges the contribution of the following people to the process of instituting the BBLF CK Prahalad Best Business Book Award.

S Visvanathan, Senior Executive Director (South), Kantar IMRB, for his help in finalising the selection methodology.

Sangeeta Mansur for her sharp insights on the selection criterion.

Debarati Ghosh for painstakingly shortlisting the books under the popular criteria.

The BBLF team is grateful to the Jury for their time.