“Learning Inc ! The growth of learning and development consulting inside the L&D landscape”

index1Join us for EFMD's Sharing Best Practice CLIP workshop hosted by EDF Corporate University for Management on (20-)21 September 2012 in Paris (Chatou). David Jestaz, Director, EDF Corporate University will share his experience with you and other speakers will include Edith Lemieux, Head of Air Liquide University, Thomas-Olivier Léautier, Professor of Management at the University of Toulouse and Anna Simioni CEO of UniManagement Unicredit Group.

Traditionally in a large number of companies corporate L&D organisations were tasked with the challenge of integrating employees into a single corporate culture. However more and more L&D organisations are challenged to be relevant in the short term and deliver immediate impact. In doing so, the line between traditional learning provision and consulting service is blurring. Beyond the ability to design customized programmes for the business units, there is a growing need for broader upstream services that guarantee alignment of strategic objectives, organizational development and L&D solutions. The central learning entity is called upon to intervene at the problem definition and needs analysis level in support of the business units, even if a subsequent learning & development intervention is not required or even envisaged in a number of cases.

This evolution has created the challenge for central L&D entities to create their own consulting services inside their larger portfolio of activities. At the same time, external vendors, who are reacting to the same trend, are offering both consulting and L&D solutions. In short, corporate universities as well as training firms and Business Schools are beginning to offer consulting services, while consulting firms are starting to build learning capabilities.

This trend deserves more thorough and comprehensive exchange to address a number of issues:
  1. Do we fully understand why this phenomenon has emerged and to what extent this broader consulting role is different from the traditional provision of customized programmes?
  2. Facing this growing demand, how should the L&D organisation within a company design such an offer (business model, pricing, value chain etc…)?
  3. What is the mandate of this L&D consulting practice? How does it fit into the wider landscape of L&D and other internal consulting services?
  4. What are the competencies required to staff such a service? Does it create a natural need to partner with other internal structures or with outside vendors in order to fully integrate a structured service offer?
  5. What is the legitimacy of this consulting service over time?
This workshop is free of charge for EFMD members and by invitation only. It is dedicated to corporate learning and corporate HR practitioners from companies. For more information, please contact Shanshan GE  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

EFMD Excellence in Practice Awards 2012 – Still time to apply!

eipcoverThe deadline to submit your case to the 2012 EFMD Excellence in Practice Awards is now approaching and we look forward to receiving your cases by 1st May 2012.  The EiP winning cases will be presented and awarded during the EFMD 2012 Executive Education Conference hosted by  Instituto Internacional San Telmo on 3-5 October 2012 (Sevilla, Spain).  Registrations for that conference are already open.

The EFMD Excellence in Practice Award attract case studies showcasing outstanding Learning and Development (L&D) partnerships. Fields might include Leadership, Professional, Talent or Organization Development and the programme described in the case should be deployed by an organisation either together with its in-house L&D unit or with an external L&D provider (Business School, Executive Education Center, etc...). Case-studies must demonstrate Operational Excellence (e.g. sustainable partnership & effective learning environment etc.); Excellent Programme Management (e.g. design, delivery, evaluation, selection methodology of participants etc.); and above all Strong Business Impact (e.g. alignment with corporate strategy, impact for company, incorporation in corporate HR processes etc).

Winners in 2011 included: ArcelorMittal, CCL, Emerging World, ING Bank, INSEAD, Microsoft, Royal Bank of Scotland, Royal Philips Electronics, the world we work in, TMA World and Wharton.

Please make sure that your entry to the Awards is submitted by the 1st of May 2012 via the online registration process. The detailed assignment brief, submission guidelines and online registration process are available here.

Information session webinars have been organised over the last few weeks that provide detailed instructions and tips on how to apply. If you are interested in getting the session recordings, please contact Florence Grégoire - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you have any questions or would like to express an interest in taking part please contact Florence Grégoire - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Latest updates available to the EQUIS & EPAS Quality Documents

epasequisThe Quality Services Office is happy to present the 2012 version of the EQUIS and EPAS Documents. Every year the Quality Services Department revises its documentation to improve the quality of its accreditation services. The revision includes changes to:

-    EQUIS Standards and Criteria
-    EQUIS Process Manual
-    EQUIS Process Manual Annexes
-    EPAS Process Manual
-    EPAS Process Manual Annexes
-    EPAS Standards and Criteria

Some of the key changes are:

•    A new annex on the provision of the distance learning programmes (EPAS)
•    Fundamental changes to the EPAS Doctoral criteria (EPAS)
•    A strengthening of aspects of academic learning (EPAS)
•    Revised Peer Review Visit Schedule Templates (EQUIS and EPAS)
•    Many minor improvements in the accreditation process (EQUIS and EPAS)

A new re-accreditation procedure for EQUIS Schools that received 5 year accreditation three consecutive times is currently being fine tuned. Since it will only be of application for the first time to a few schools in their reviews in 2013, it will be published as a separate document in March 2012. After this pilot testing, it will be incorporated to the EQUIS Process Manual in 2013.

For more detailed information, please consult the relevant lists of changes and the new versions of the documents on our website. Schools are advised to use the most recent version of the documents when preparing for the next step in the accreditation process.

EFMD launches EDAF – EFMD Deans Across Frontiers

EDAF logo13-LREFMD Deans Across Frontiers (EDAF) aims to assist Business Schools to develop further through mentoring of the institution’s Senior Management Team. DAF is the third service offered by the EFMD Quality Services Department that complements EQUIS and EPAS and as with the accreditation systems, the school will undergo a Self-Assessment and Peer Review Process. Following the assessment by the Peer Review Team, the School will benefit for a three-year period of mentoring by an experienced former Dean and will progress towards defined development objectives. The EFMD will assure the effectiveness of the process through systematic progress tracking.

EFMD has a mission to promote excellence in business and management education worldwide. This is partly fulfilled by its existing accreditation systems, EQUIS and EPAS, which are aimed at the very top schools. However, EFMD also has a social responsibility to support all levels of schools, whether they be members of EFMD or not. The launch of EFMD Deans Across Frontiers is the response to this need. Fees are charged for DAF but applications are invited for full or partial-funding scholarships on a case-by-case needs basis.

The spirit of DAF and especially the relationship between mentor and institution is one of mutual cooperation and learning.  The mentoring and evaluation of a School has to consider the educational, cultural and political environment in which the institution operates and to relate it to a wider international context. It is not the intention of DAF to promote any particular model of Business School, but to give contextualised assistance or advice.

The EDAF Committee convened for the first time on 18 October and the system was presented in November at the EFMD Africa Conference in Cape Town and the EFMD MENA conference in Casablanca.

The pilot phase has now been officially launched and the EDAF office is happy to receive applications. As DAF is still at an early stage of development, individuals and institutions are invited to become involved with EDAF as mentor, reviewer, donor or godfather institution.

If you are interested in DAF or have any questions please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Join us for EQUIS and EPAS Accreditation Seminars in Casablanca, Morocco

On 15 November and 16 November, EFMD is organising EPAS and EQUIS Accreditation seminars just after the EFMD conference in the MENA Region in Casablanca (Host: ESCA- Ecole de Management). The seminars will be led by two highly experienced accreditation directors at EFMD.

The seminars are designed for institutions considering applying for EPAS (the EFMD Programme accreditation system) or EQUIS (the European Quality Improvement System – whole school accreditation) or for those already holding active eligibility in either system. The aim of the seminars is to give participants a deeper understanding of the EPAS or EQUIS accreditation systems. This is highly recommended for any School that wants to go through these accreditation exercises and the extra insights gained from the seminars might make all the difference towards achieving successful accreditation.

The seminars will cover the following areas:

•    The interpretation and practical application of the EPAS / EQUIS Standards and Criteria
•    Understanding the process as explained in the EPAS / EQUIS Manuals and Application Datasheets
•    The use of the key stages of the EPAS / EQUIS Accreditation processes for quality improvement
•    The preparation of an effective and informative Self-Assessment Report
•    The optimal timing of the EPAS / EQUIS Accreditation process

Do not miss this wonderful opportunity to find out more about EPAS or EQUIS accreditation and the value it can bring to your school. Registrations are open and places are limited. Sign up for both seminars and profit from a reduced fee.

For more information on the accreditations processes visit - EPAS and EQUIS.

Accreditation, a key issue for management schools

"Avant tout, il faut comprendre que nous ne sommes pas dans une logique de sanction, souligne Eric Cornuel, directeur général de l’EFMD (lire ci-contre), qui délivre le label Equis à 18 institutions en France et 129 dans le monde (dont 30 % hors Europe). Notre objectif est d’être des vecteurs de progrès pour les institutions."

+ More // Les Echos

Sasin earns US and EU accreditation

equis_logo The Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration at Chulalongkorn University has become the only higher learning institution to earn both US and European accreditation. In December, it was accredited with EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System)......... "Regarding the European accreditation, the emphasis of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) is more on practicality as the EFMD consists of both business and academic interests." + More // The Nation

Pinnacle of Sasin's Pride - 2011 EFMD Awards Ceremony