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EFMD Launch Strategic Learning Review

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM -- (Marketwired) -- 03/21/14 -- Today at the EFMD Sharing Best Practice Masterclass in Torino, hosted by UniCredit, EFMD officially launched SLR - Strategic Learning Review.

"Company-based learning organisations are being challenged to maximize the effectiveness, relevance and quality of their programmes. Learning must be seen to deliver value and impact; this new service from EFMD will help companies determine whether their learning organisation is delivering (and is perceived to be delivering) services in line with their strategic mission", said Prof Eric Cornuel, CEO & Director General of EFMD.

The design of SLR draws on EFMD's 15 plus years of experience in the area of quality assurance for both business schools and learning organisations through the EQUIS and CLIP accreditation systems. SLR offers a diagnostic check-up service that allows a learning organisation to take stock of the strategic effectiveness of its operations and its impact within the company. It is designed to be a flexible service for learning organisations at any point of their development.

"EFMD's one-day strategic diagnostic review (Strategic Learning Review) was very valuable. The review, which was conducted by experienced auditors, enabled us to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of our corporate university. The conclusions, covering a range of strategically significant areas, have led us to strengthen a number of our processes and better prepare ourselves for future accreditation. I highly recommend this Strategy Learning Review to companies in search of a true strategic approach." Safran Corporate University

Combining guided self-assessment and a one-day on-site visit by a two-person EFMD team, the evaluation highlights both the areas where the Learning Organisation is performing effectively and the areas where fundamental problems may need to be addressed. The process is designed to offer a checkpoint that provides a critical analysis of the situation at a given moment in time, whilst also helping companies construct a learning roadmap for future development.

"We used the EFMD Strategic Learning Review to get outside feedback on where we stood in our pursuit to build up a state-of-the-art L&D organisation. Based on a one-day visit only, the experienced EFMD consultants were able to draw a very concrete picture of our current strengths as well as the areas we still need to develop. This has since helped us a lot to refine our current priorities. We highly recommend this pragmatic tool to other organisations who want to develop their L&D strategy." Baloise Campus

The SLR process is centred around six key points: the clarity of purpose & mission of the learning organisation, the scope of its activities, its positioning in the company, its operating model, the portfolio of programmes and services offered and finally the governance system to keep it properly aligned.

"The starting point for any strategically effective L&D organisation is always going to be a well-defined purpose and coherent objectives as regards what is to be achieved. SLR focuses on the value chain that links intentions and outputs", said Gordon Shenton, Senior Advisor, EFMD.

The many benefits of SLR include:

--  An assessment of the learning organisation's effectiveness and relevance
    in delivering on its strategic remit
--  Identification of major dysfunctions, disconnects, misalignments or
    missing elements in the construction of the learning organisation
--  Bringing to light the perceptions of major stakeholders within the
--  Outside-in challenge: the visiting experts bring an external view with a
    constructively critical perspective
--  A sounding board providing an opportunity to test ideas and share
    concerns with experienced professionals in the field of corporate
--  A checkpoint for the Learning Organisation team to concentrate minds and
    build commitment to future development
--  An opportunity to reinforce the buy-in of major stakeholders in the

SLR is a service for any organisation anywhere in the world that wants a strategic review of their learning and development structure and design process.

If you would like any further information or have any questions please contact Shanshan Ge ([email protected]) or visit www.efmd.org/slr.

About EFMD

EFMD is a global network of business schools and companies (830 members/82 countries) at the forefront or raising the standards of management education and development. EFMD runs the EQUIS, EPAS & CLIP accreditation systems, the EFMD Deans Across Frontiers development programme (EDAF), Business School Impact Survey (BSIS) & EFMD Strategic Learning Review.

More information is available via - www.efmd.org

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