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GIBS, Standard Bank and Henley win gold for outstanding case study at the EFMD Excellence in Practice Awards

Winners of the 2020 edition of the EFMD Excellence in Practice Awards (EiP)  have been announced and the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), Standard Bank and Henley Business School have won a Gold Award for an outstanding case study in the ‘Executive Development’ category which the three institutions jointly submitted. The programme was delivered by custom programmes which fall under executive education. GIBS was recently ranked as the top South African and African business school for executive education by the UK Financial Times in their Executive Education 2020 Ranking. 

Now in their 17th year, the EiP Awards have seen over 400 cases submitted for review. The Awards were launched to provide a platform to showcase outstanding Learning and Development partnerships with a vision to become one of the global flagship awards programmes that demonstrate best collaborative practices in the field of executive education. EFMD plays a central role in shaping an international approach to management education and is a unique forum for information, research, networking and debate on innovation and best practice in management development.

While most senior leadership programmes take place over six to nine months, Standard Bank, GIBS and Henley co-created a new brand of leadership and development programme which runs over three months. The programme which has been running since 2017 comprises of three short study blocks with two weeks in between during which delegates were challenged to maintain the momentum. Both GIBS and Henley, although they are direct competitors, found ways to collaborate and created an effective solution for their shared client. The programme which has been dubbed #unTAP, speaks to tapping into each leader’s innate potential by using fresh and innovative methods. 

GIBS Dean, Professor Nicola Kleyn said, “This programme has shown that effective collaboration often yields positive results. Businesses and business schools across the continent need to work together and find tailor-made solutions for our unique African challenges.” 

More than 60 leading global and South African organisations from the private and public sectors partner with GIBS to design and deliver tailor-made interventions to develop their existing and potential leaders. Programmes are designed to have a measurable impact on an organisation’s ability to deliver on its business strategy and improve individual and organisational performance

Gill Cross, head of Learning Innovation at GIBS said, “This award is a testament that our collaborations can indeed provide impactful learning solutions that help organisational performance in the long-run. GIBS has a strong global footprint and we pride ourselves in our ability to deliver programmes beyond our borders at any location in the world. Our longstanding partnership with Standard Bank is due to our mutual understanding of the need for leadership development on the continent.” 

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