Teaching Strategic Management

We are happy to announce the publication of Teaching Strategic Management A Hands-on Guide to Teaching Success edited by Professor Sabine Baumann with a chapter authored by Institute members Dianne Tyers and John Bourke.

The book – which is written for strategic management instructors, faculty, and program directors – covers a wide strategic management knowledgebase and includes approaches, practices, and resources to enable learning for people at all stages of their strategic management learning journeys. The chapter written by Dianne Tyers and John Bourke focuses on executives.

Teaching Strategic Management A Hands-on Guide to Teaching Success (ISBN: 978 1 78897 835 4) is published by Edward Elgar Publishing and is available for purchase online here.

David Paige elected a Fellow of the Business Excellence Institute


David Paige

David Paige FBEI


We are delighted to announce that David Paige (USA) has been elected as a Fellow of the Institute.

David is a seasoned legal and insurance professional and founder of Legal Fee Advisors, a firm dedicated to ensuring people only pay fair, ethical legal fees. He has lectured internationally and, since 2016, has worked along other Institute members conducting public sector excellence assessments. During COVID-lockdown, he shared online recordings of his piano recitals for “seniors in lockdown”.

He holds a BA and MA in Special Education (from Syracuse University and Michigan State University respectively) and Juris Doctorate in Law (Syracuse University). He is licensed to practice law in New York.

Krisztina Rozgonyi elected a Fellow of the Business Excellence Institute


Krisztina Rozgonyi

Krisztina Rozgonyi FBEI


We are delighted to announce that Krisztina Rozgonyi (Austria) has been elected as a Fellow of the Institute.

Krisztina works with a wide range of international organizations including UNESCO, the UN’s ITU, the Council of Europe, the European Commission, and the World Bank as well as with governments, regulators, and companies. She is currently Assistant Professor in the University of Vienna’s Department of Communications.

She holds a Masters in Communication Sciences and a Doctor Juris in Law and State Sciences (both from Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest), an MBA from the Central European University) and PhD in Communication Sciences from the University of Vienna. Krisztina was appointed to the Institute’s Advisory Board in March.

An ABC for Challenging Times

Here is a quick “ABC” on how to cope with a crisis:

A Acknowledge the challenges faced
B Be calm and transparent – don’t try to shield people from reality, it almost always creates problems
C Communicate and create a safe space for others to voice concerns and questions
D Don’t damage your credibility by promising things you cannot deliver
E Eat and sleep enough – look after yourself so you can look after others
F Focus on what you can control and take actions accordingly

Prepare for Excellence

This one day, highly interactive workshop will be held on Friday, March 27 in Dublin (Dun Laoghaire). Attendees will explore leadership, strategy, communication, risk and innovation to develop an understanding of what organisations need in order to embark on their journey to excellence. The workshop includes a discussion on how excellence assessment helps organisations on the journey and a challenging simulation.

When Where Price
27 March, 10:00-17:00 Dun Laoghaire, Dublin Members €317, Non-Members: €381
Register Now

Excellence Hall of Fame – 2020 Inductees

Dublin, Ireland, 10 December, 2019

The Business Excellence Institute is delighted to announce the successful nominees, elected to the Excellence Hall of Fame for induction in 2020. In alphabetical order by first name, they are; Anastassia Lauterbach, Andrew Kakabadse, and Teresa Kemppi-Vasama.

Anastassia Lauterbach

Anastassia Lauterbach

Andrew Kakabadse

Andrew Kakabadse

Teresa Kemppi-Vasama

Teresa Kemppi-Vasama

Anastassia Lauterbach – Founder, Lauterbach GmbH, Board Member of EasyJet and eKomi

Anastassia is one of the world’s leading experts on cybersecurity and artificial intelligence and in their implications for corporate governance. After earning a doctorate in Psychology, she joined Munich Re from where she went on to work for McKinsey, DaimlerChrysler, T-Mobile, and Deutsche Telekom (where she served as a board member). She then worked for Qualcomm before founding her own company. She has served on a number of other boards, including for Dun & Bradstreet, and is a Senior Advisor to McKinsey, a founding member of the NASDAQ Advisory Council of Next Gen Board Leaders, and an advisor to UN’s International Telecommunications Union.

Andrew Kakabadse – Professor of Governance & Leadership, Henley Business School

Andrew is one of the world’s foremost experts on governance, boardroom effectiveness, top teams, and government. He has been listed in the world’s Top 50 business thinkers on two occasions (in 2011 and 2013). After starting his career as an environmental scientist and working both in the public sector and with an engineering consulting firm, Andrew joined the faculty at Cranfield University’s School of Management (where he is now an Emeritus Professor). His research has focused on governance and the performance of boards and executive teams. He has been a visiting professor at many universities around the world and has been a Visiting International Fellow at the Centre for Creative Leadership. You can learn more about him here.

Teresa Kemppi-Vasama – Executive Chair, Kemppi Oy

Teresa started her career in Andersen Consulting (Accenture). She then moved to the Finnish Red Cross where she grew her role and worked her way up management. After over a decade with the Red Cross, she started to work in her family’s welding equipment business, Kemppi. In 2014, she was appointed as its Executive Chair. She was honoured as a Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year in 2015 and, in 2017, she was awarded with one of the ten first “Finland 100 Years Medals” by the Finnish Chamber of Commerce. She serves as on the board of Cargotec and of Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology (LUT University), is Chair of the The Association for Finnish Work, and she serves as Vice Chairman of the Industrial Society of Lahti. You can learn more about her here.

The Induction Ceremony is a Black Tie Gala Dinner with a “fireside chat” that will take place in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin, on Thursday, 26 March, 2020. Induction Ceremony Gala Dinner tickets can be purchased here


About The Business Excellence Institute

The Business Excellence Institute is a membership body that promotes business excellence as a multi-disciplinary profession, excellence in management, and the use of innovative approaches to personal and organizational development. It works with individuals and organizations ranging from small family businesses to federal governments to help them deliver outstanding results for all their stakeholders. It has members on 6 continents and while predominantly practitioner focused, it also has academic members.


A Christmas Challenge

Last year, we were happy to report about a Christmas Crises Averted, continuing what is now a tradition mixing fun and learning about excellence at this time of year. In 2017, we published a tale of a journey to excellence in Dickens’ Christmas Carol having previously looked at The Excellence behind Rudolph, in 2016, and a Case Study on Santa in 2015.

This year, we examine a few innovations which helped spread the joy of Christmas and outline a Christmas Challenge that is worth accepting.



Michael Sutton, one of the Institute’s Fellows, and his co-author Kevin Allen (former advertising executive turned educator) have recently published a book on game-based learning… Emotify, The Human Element in Game-Based Learning, Serious Games and Experiential Education.

In the book, the authors propose an actionable work plan, based on tried and tested research, for those who wish to harness the power of game-based learning. It covers a spectrum of topics ranging from basic concepts to pragmatic approaches for marketing in order to help readers succeed in their game-based learning endeavours.

You can purchase Emotify on Amazon (note: the Institute is not an Amazon affiliate and will not earn any fee on any purchase):

Emotify - The Power of the Human Element in Game-Based Learning