FAQs

  1. Does it makes sense to submit a case-study which is not necessarily focusing on one programme but shows a variety of L&D interventions developed and run by partner organisations?
  2. Can we submit the same paper in next years Excellence in Practice Award, incorporating changes and improvements of the L&D initiative?
  3. The assignment brief describes 4 sections for the case-study.  The last section describes “The impact”. Could you please give some examples and /or guidelines on possible indicators to be used?
  4. Do we need to define in which “category” the paper will be entered when submitting the case-study?
  5. In the submission guidelines “References” “Bibliography” are mentioned. What is meant by this?
  6. In the submission guidelines, EFMD specifies a maximum “word count”. What does that word count contain?
  7. If we submit a DVD (containing video highlights from interviews with managers and leaders who have completed the “programs”), will the judges view them as part of the submission? If so, are there any specific requirements in terms of time limit, video format, or anything else?
  8. Will EFMD take into consideration the local time zones with regard to the final entry date?
  9. Do we have to send in a power point presentation as well?
  10. Can we have access to the previous years winning cases?
 
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1. Does it makes sense to submit a case-study which is not necessarily focusing on one programme but shows a variety of L&D interventions developed and run by partner organisations?

Yes of course, it makes sense!  EFMD is looking for strong partnerships which develop, implement and run (a) L&D initiative(s) together.  In the areas of executive development, professional development, talent development and organisational development, the partnership should demonstrate how the corporate strategic goals and the aims & objectives of the L&D intervention were achieved.  Please make sure that you meet the recommendations of the  “Assignment Brief”  particularly “The Challenge” and  “The Impact”.

 
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2. Can we submit the same paper in next years Excellence in Practice Award, incorporating changes and improvements of the L&D initiative?

Unfortunately EFMD will not accept the re-submission of a case-study by the same partnership.  However, it might be that both partner organisations have worked together on another L&D project, or the L&D provider was changed.  In these cases EFMD would accept a new submission.

 
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3. The assignment brief describes 4 sections for the case-study.  The last section describes “The impact”. Could you please give some examples and /or guidelines on possible indicators to be used?

Indications of impact are always related to the challenge initially tackled :

  • The strongest indicators are “business indicators”, both financial or commercial ones: was there an impact on the business results of the company/department such as growth in sales, profitability, market share, competitive positioning.  Product & service portfolio, ... Very few L&D interventions start with problem statements that explicitly mention improvement targets in financial and commercial terms, but those who do can have very strong impact cases.  Examples can be sales volume of a group of sales people that went through a consultative selling training, proportion of new products including new technologies following an internal re-skilling project, etc. ....
  • Most indicators however are more of a “leading indicator” type, typically referring to the internal organisation of the company and the capabilities of its people. Good examples of these are efficiency and effectiveness improvements such as reduced time-to-market of solutions following the introduction of a new process/methodology, but also competency/capability indicators such as the number of accredited project managers.  Talent pipeline indicators, replacement ratio’s, employee turnover, productivity or morale improvements are other examples at people level.


    In general, leading indicators are the easiest to find/define and typically also the level of initial diagnosis and analysis.  Putting “The Challenge” in a wider business context is essential for impact assessment, so adding a lagging business indicator should always be attempted. (The eventual financial/commercial impact targeted through an organisational/people impact).
 
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4. Do we need to define in which “category” the paper will be entered when submitting the case-study?

No, you don’t need to define the category explicitly.  Upon receipt of all papers, EFMD will be splitting them in sub-groups, based on the categories described below.  The description of your Executive Summary and The Business Challenge will of course help EFMD to classify your case study.

  1. Executive Development:  The main challenges addressed in these cases are around developing incumbent leaders and managers.  The programmes can be recurrent ones for a specific cohort of managers/leaders or in a limited series addressing challenges of changing leadership styles, internationalisation, and the like.
  2. Talent Development: The main challenges addressed in these cases are around identifying and developing future leaders and managers.  Selecting and preparing talent to be ready to take on a new (and changing) role within the company.  The focus is on talent pipeline and leadership bench strength.
  3. Professional Development: The challenges addressed in these cases are around professionalising specific functions, particularly (new) competencies required in these functions.  The case study can cover functions such as: Marketing & Sales, Internal Services e.g. IT or Quality Control & Business Improvement or Operations such as product development etc…
  4. Organisation Development: The challenges in these cases are around culture changes, post-mergers & acquisition integrations, transformation processes entering new markets or challenges in the product/service portfolio.  Typically the interventions are not in a programme format, but rather facilitated large group interventions.
  5. Special Cases:  In this category the jury evaluates L&D initiatives, which can cover elements of categories 1-4 but mainly follow a different objective. (e.g. a mentoring programme)
 
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5. In the submission guidelines “References” “Bibliography” are mentioned. What is meant by this?

For copy right reasons a reference list should be attached if you use direct quotes (ideas & theories) from an author in your case study.  The list should then contain the author’s name, year and the article or passage of a book you got it from.If you have done up-front research and background reading in order to develop, design or structure the programme better, then these authors & books should appear in the bibliography. Or if you want to provide the reader with some more background reading, then you may put these books in there as well.References are compulsory in the case mentioned above whereas the bibliography is not obligatory.

 
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6. In the submission guidelines, EFMD specifies a maximum “word count”. What does that word count contain?

EFMD is fixing the maximum word count at 4.000 words.
This word count will comprise all text from the full case, including title page, content page, executive summary, introduction, main body & conclusions.
Are NOT calculated in this word count: appendices, bibliography & references, key to abbreviations, footnotes & endnotes, and text in diagrams (as far as the quantity of text remains reasonable).

 
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7. If we submit a DVD (containing video highlights from interviews with managers and leaders who have completed the “programs”), will the judges view them as part of the submission? If so, are there any specific requirements in terms of time limit, video format, or anything else?

Each jury member will have to read a dozen of papers, which is quite a demanding task.  Therefore we recommend to make their life easier when providing DVD’s.   Please keep them short, and use a video format that can be read by any computer without any specific technical requirements.  We reassure you that these DVDs will be passed on to the jury members, but we can not guarantee that the jury will all be looking at these.Therefore keep the DVD easily accessible and quick to read/look at!

Alternatively, you can also include an URL link in your pdf file, with a clear indication that this link enable to access a video. Jury are receiving/reading cases via an online platform.

 
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8. Will EFMD take into consideration the local time zones with regard to the final entry date?

Yes, EFMD will accept entries within the 24 hr timeframe anywhere in the world. EFMD will acknowledge receipt of all papers on the following day!

 
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9. Do we have to send in a power point presentation as well?

No, there is no need to send in a PowerPoint presentation!
This will only be required in case your organisation is selected as a winner-team and invited to make a presentation at an EFMD event.

 
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10. Can we have access to the previous years winning cases?

Yes, of course. From 2011 onwards previous years winning cases are all available on our EFMD “Excellence in Practice” webpages (www.efmd.org/eip)