Excellence in Academic Partnerships
Learning in Practice Awards 2016
Recognizes accredited academic learning institutions that have partnered with an organization in the past year to develop skills, competency or knowledge in a general employee population.
Technology has enabled higher education to become more accessible, and the need for customization spurred a close-knit partnership between Accenture and French graduate business school INSEAD to launch one of the first company-specific online learning programs for strategists: the Accenture-INSEAD Online Strategy Certificate Programme. The 24-week course includes video lectures, online quizzes and simulated client engagements.
The online program allows the company’s strategists to learn at their own pace without disrupting workflows. Virtual study groups and discussion forums also help to integrate Accenture’s increasingly diverse workforce and ensure consistent client experiences.
The content covers business strategy, financial acumen and decision-making, communication and C-suite dynamics.
Piloted in 2015, 1,100 employees have since enrolled and more than 90 percent have completed at least one module. Strategists interviewed said the content was directly relevant to their jobs, and that the program design was engaging and promoted collaboration. The program is currently on schedule to reach 4,000 participants by 2018.
Penn State Executive Programs, Smeal College of Business, The Pennsylvania State University
Faced with changing federal regulations and decreased funding, Penn State Hershey partnered with Penn State Executive programs to design and pilot a learning initiative to improve organizational performance and collaboration.
The Penn State Hershey Leadership Academy teaches medical professionals key business skills, such as financial decision-making, strategy formulation, negotiation and partner outreach. Taught by Smeal Faculty and senior PSH leaders, the weeklong session also addresses industry forces shaping the health care system. Selected participants assess their own units and, applying the concepts they’ve learned, develop strategic plans to solve identified challenges.