University of South Australia’s Business School and ANZ receive Global Award

The University of South Australia’s (UniSA) Business School has been awarded silver in the highly prestigious European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Excellence in Practice Awards, which recognise the world’s most outstanding learning and development partnerships.

The School won silver in the ‘organisational development’ category for an innovative partnership between its Centre for Business Growth and ANZ, behind INSEAD which received gold for work with Norwegian telco Telenor, and ahead of Oxford University’s Saïd Business School which was commended for its work with engineering firm Meggitt.

The Centre for Business Growth was established in 2014, with ANZ as a Foundation Partner, to provide Australia’s small and medium businesses with the knowledge, tools and skills required to grow a company.

Through the collaboration, ANZ offers business leaders the chance to participate in tailored programs including, one-day clinics, three growth modules, face-to-face mentoring and coaching; all aimed at helping businesses grow. Held in major capital cities, the program is for CEOs and their executive teams of companies with more than $5 million in revenue.

UniSA’s Pro Vice Chancellor (Business and Law), Professor Marie Wilson says the award acknowledges UniSA’s efforts to build enterprising partnerships with industry.

“Australia has traditionally lagged behind other OECD countries when it comes to industry-university collaboration,” Prof Wilson says.

“We’ve worked hard to change that and to further strengthen UniSA’s standing as Australia’s University of Enterprise – this award shows that we are achieving successful partnerships at a level that places us amongst the best in the world. The UniSA Business School is accredited by EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System), and is ranked in the top one percent globally. Winning this award demonstrates our standing within executive education activities.

“The award also demonstrates ANZ’s ability to embrace and execute new ideas, to foster a culture of business growth, and to leverage the expertise of the Centre for Business Growth and our Business School.”

ANZ’s General Manager, Business Banking, Tania Motton, says the programs have proven to deliver significant positive impacts on participating businesses.

“The first 10 participating companies increased revenue by 93 percent, profit by 100 percent, and created 146 jobs within two years of completing the program,” Ms Motton says.

“Our collaboration with UniSA Business School has delivered valuable insights that have informed our strategic activities and the development of products and services to better support business owners with their growth ambitions, in both domestic and international markets.

“Australian businesses are the backbone to Australian society and our economy and this partnership aims to encourage a growth mindset among our customers and provide them with the tools to evolve their businesses, ensuring their long term success.

The Excellence in Practice Awards are presented by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), the international, not-for-profit, membership organisation of business schools and corporations, recognised globally as the accreditation body for the world’s best business schools and programs.

The awards are adjudicated by a jury of 28 business experts from around the world.

The Gold and Silver awards will be presented in Milan on October 18-20 2017 at the Politecnico di Milano School of Management, during the EFMD Executive Education Conference.

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About the UniSA Centre for Business Growth

The Centre for Business Growth at the University of South Australia delivers world-class business growth programs that provide executives with the knowledge and skills they need to develop as leaders, accelerate company growth and compete in a global marketplace. Our programs teach executives how to lead and manage growth via diagnostics, expert presentations, facilitated group discussions, peer-to-peer learning and action planning. For more info:

Press Release

20 June 2017