Cranfield School of Management has scooped a gold award in recognition of its executive development programme with oil and gas business, BG Group (now part of Royal Dutch Shell plc), from international management development network, EFMD.
Competing with business schools around the world, Cranfield’s Centre for Customised Executive Education (CCED) was praised for its business expertise, relevance to the corporate world, and strong long-term business relationships in EFMD’s Excellence in Practice category.
CCED’s Exploring Leadership programme was developed by Cranfield’s Executive Development Director, Mark Threlfall, and BG Group’s Head of Learning & Development, Craig Darroch.
Exploring Leadership is targeted at middle to senior managers at the core of the organisation’s strategic development encourages participants to reflect on their current leadership practices, even taking them out into the countryside to allow for undisturbed self-reflection.
Mr Threlfall is particularly interested in ‘Soft Systems Thinking’ which supports participants with interpreting organisational situations at a more detailed, intuitive level. Using this research, CCED and BG Group have been able to design successful customised programmes, such as Exploring Leadership, influenced by real-life workplace scenarios.
“It is an honour to have won the Excellence in Practice award,” said Dr John Glen, Director of CCED.
“As businesses increasingly require personalised education programmes, the University’s Centre for Customised Executive Development partners with global clients to design and deliver learning programmes that meet their leadership and talent development needs, thereby, enhancing both individual and organisational performance.”
“Success in wining this award was built upon the development of a strong, real partnership with BG Group,” Mark added.
“Significant investment in developing relationships across the wider stakeholder group enabled us to design and deliver an impactful intervention, that has truly made a difference to individuals and the organisation. Coupled with world class learning processes, delivery teams, and locations we believe we have created something special, that delivers sustainable results.”
The Excellence in Practice award recognises unique and impactful learning and development partnerships and is awarded annually. The EFMD helps bridge business education institutions and corporate organisations by coordinating academic and business projects; generating new ideas for enhancing management practices and providing an environment for academics and professionals to network.