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2018 Excellence in Practice Silver Award Winners

EFMD is delighted to announce the 2018 EFMD Excellence in Practice Silver Award Winners.


Since 2007, the EFMD Excellence in Practice Awards (EiP) have recognised outstanding and impactful Learning & Development partnerships in the domains of Leadership, Professional, Talent, Organisational and Ecosystem Development.

The 2018 Silver Award Winners in the following five categories are:

Organisational Development
Daimler & Wolff Olins
“Leadership 2020 Life: A Massive Open Online Conversation for Daimler”

“We are delighted – for all at Daimler who made this such a success. In a global conversation, transcending time zones, geographies, divisions, functional boundaries and hierarchy, 27,500 leaders called upon to jointly create the future of leadership at Daimler – reshaping their understanding of collective ad individual learning by digital means in the process,” commented Oliver Fischer, Chief Learning Officer & Head of Daimler Corporate Academy at Daimler.

“Wolff Olins is proud to have partnered with Daimler to create this pioneering online learning programme. Working with Daimler Corporate Academy to create one big online conversation that encouraged 27,500 leaders to discuss, apply and share ideas on how to continue to lead the future,” added Manlio Minale, Head of Learning at Wolff Olins.

Talent Development

Telus & Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria
“Corporate MBA Programme”

Dan Pontefract, Chief Envisioner at TELUS, commented on the achievement: “We are incredibly proud of the TELUS MBA program and our wonderful partnership with the Gustavson School of Business. The return on investment has exceeded our wildest expectations. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the University of Victoria for years to come.”

Saul Klein, Dean of Gustavson School of Business, also shared his delight: “We are proud to work with TELUS on this innovative and collaborative talent development initiative. Universities continually explore new ways of delivering content to ensure their programs meet market needs. Partnering with this leading edge company allows us insight and application in real time.”

Executive Development
A.T. Kearney & London Business School
“Expanding Horizons”

“We are incredibly proud to win silver for Expanding Horizons! The success of this programme is testament to the strength of the partnership between London Business School and A.T. Kearney and the shared desire to create something experiential, edgy and transformational. It is fantastic to see the profound impact on the firm, their people and their clients,” said Katie Coates, Client Director at London Business School.

Johan Aurik, Global Managing Partner 2012-18, A.T. Kearney, added: “We are thrilled, as talent development is at the core of our business. We set out five years ago on a journey to build a truly world-class programme with our partner, LBS. I am proud to see the impact every day, for the firm and our clients and people.”

Professional Development

Atos Global & Cambridge University’s Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) & Paderborn University’s SICP – Software Innovation Campus Paderborn
“Gold for Experts – Talents for Company Progress”

Judith Shawcross, Head of Executive and Professional Development at the Cambridge University’s Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), commented on the award: “It is a real honour to have won such an award – a testimony to the hard work of the three partners, our learning by doing philosophy and the exceptional contributors involved. It is a privilege to guide the delegates on their learning journey and witness their project achievements.”

“Atos is thrilled to receive this award, recognizing the trusted partnership we have built with the Institute for Manufacturing at Cambridge University and the Software Innovation Campus at Paderborn University.  Our technical experts are the lifeblood of our company and the Gold for Experts programme undoubtedly makes our technology leaders more effective within the business,” said Marc Meyer, EVP Group Executive & Talent Management Group Communications at Atos.

Gregor Engels, Head of C-Lab and SICP, added: “We are very delighted that our successful partnership with University of Cambridge and Atos has been honoured with this special award. It helps us to strengthen our expertise in professional education in the SICP.” The SICP – Software Innovation Campus and the C-LAB are two interdisciplinary research institutes of Paderborn University connected to the Gold for Expert programme.

Ecosystem Development

UK Government Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy & Lancaster University Management School
“Wave2 Growth Hub Programme: Designing and Delivering Small Business Support to Create Regional Economic Growth across England”

“The Wave 2 Growth Hub Programme provided the perfect opportunity to put our decades of experience of supporting SMEs into practice, and bring the latest thinking, world-class research and entrepreneurship to benefit local and national economies. As a result, thousands more people are now employed, and the businesses that may once have feared the future are flourishing – something that makes us feel very proud,” said Ellie Hamilton, Wave 2 Growth Hub Director at the Lancaster University Management School.

Finally, Eric Cornuel, Director General & CEO of EFMD, congratulated all the winners on the EiP Silver Awards: “We are delighted to see that once again the EIP Awards have drawn out some outstanding cases that illustrate the value and impact of successful partnerships in Learning & Development.”

Providing an environment that helps to engage and develop people and enhances skills is an essential component for any company. All of the winning cases clearly show that investing in human and organisational development is a key strategic asset for business success.

“Some very original solutions were deployed to address sometimes mind-boggling challenges with proven impact. Inspiring reading for all professionals in L&D as well as for business leaders for sure,” added Jan Ginneberge, Senior Advisor at EFMD Corporate Services.

EFMD is eager to provide visibility and support to all professionals in the L&D sector. The Winners will be awarded during the next EFMD Executive Development Conference which will be held at the IMD in Switzerland on 17 – 18 October.

We would like to thank all of the applicants as well as the jury members for their successful cooperation and hope to receive more exciting cases next year. We are pleased to take note of the continuously growing quality of applications. As well as the Silver Award winners there were Gold Award winners and also Finalists selected from all of the entries.

Next submission deadline: 15 March 2019

For submission guidelines & expression of interest, please visit www.efmd.org/eip

If you have any questions or would like further information on the EIP awards you can find out more via this EIP Overview Brief or please contact Florence Gregoire.