Canadian authors short-listed for prestigious UK business book award

    TORONTO, Sept. 25 /CNW/ - The international bestseller Wikinomics - How
Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, written by Canadians Don Tapscott and
Anthony D. Williams, is one of six finalists for this year's (pnds stlg)30,000
Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award. The book
details how smart firms can use the Internet to harness collective capability
and genius to spur innovation, growth, and success.
    Wikinomics explains how the kind of creativity and innovation that used
to take place primarily within corporate walls is increasingly taking place
over large Internet-based amorphous networks of peers. While self-organized
collaborations such as Linux and Wikipedia may have the highest profiles, the
book shows how the same techniques are being used by large and small companies
around the world to produce dynamic new goods and services.
    Wikinomics has been translated into 17 languages.
    "Wikinomics has received excellent reviews in the international media and
high praise from business leaders. Recognition by the Financial Times and
Goldman Sachs Award's judges is particularly gratifying," said Tapscott.
    "Reader feedback about the book has been tremendously positive," said
Williams. "Company managers tell us that almost all aspects of their
businesses can be transformed when viewed through the Wikinomics lens."
    Tapscott is chief executive of Toronto-based New Paradigm, a technology
and business think tank, and the author of 11 books about information
technology in business and society, including Paradigm Shift, The Digital
Economy, and Growing Up Digital. Williams is an author, researcher and former
lecturer at the London School of Economics. He is vice-president and executive
editor at New Paradigm.
    Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times and one of the judges,
praised the "excellent and diverse" shortlist and said he was expecting the
debate to select a winner to be "particularly lively".
    The award aims to select the book that provides "the most compelling and
enjoyable insight" into modern business issues, including management, finance
and economics.
    The award's seven judges will convene on October 25 in London to decide
who should win the coveted prize. The award will be presented at a gala dinner
that evening at the British Library.

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