International Business Learning Games Competition Results

Lisbon, Portugal, 24 September 2018

Congratulations to all the competition finalists and to the games that took home awards at this year’s International Business Learning Games Competition. The competition, sponsored by Banco Santander, saw a large number of entries reduced, after multiple run-throughs by the judges, to only 12 finalists:

  • ActeeLeadership   (Denmark)
  • AdVenture   (The Netherlands)
  • Bedaux Mythical Mailbox   (The Netherlands)
  • Entrepreneurial Thinking   (Canada)
  • Future of Energy Simulation   (Norway)
  • Innovate or Dinosaur Game   (Canada)
  • Innovation Management Game   (The Netherlands)
  • The Collaboration Journey Challenge   (USA)
  • The Search for The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine   (USA)
  • Trip Game   (Portugal)
  • Unlock: Project Management   (UK)

The Award Winners were:

Award Game Entrant
Game of the Year Future of Energy Simulation Specifique (Norway)
Game of the Year Runner Up Innovate or Dinosaur Traction Strategy (Canada)
Most Ambitious Game ActeeLeadership Actee (Denmark)

About The International Business Learning Games Competition

The International Business Learning Games Competition was created to encourage the use of new, innovative approaches to professional development by promoting the use of Learning Games as an educational technology. It recognises achievements and acknowledges the best games in the field from around the globe, inspiring the development of new innovative learning games for business.

Games are judged by an international panel of judges that combines expertise in business, pedagogy and game design, using a specially developed evaluation framework with input from educational experts and serious game designers. For more information on the competition see:

About The Business Excellence Institute

The Business Excellence Institute is a membership body, with members on five continents, dedicated to helping people – and the organizations they work for – deliver outstanding results for all their stakeholders. It promotes business excellence as a multi-disciplinary profession, excellence in management, and the use of innovative approaches to personal and organizational development. Through its members, it supports organisations ranging from small family run businesses to federal governments on their journeys to excellence.

Game of the Year Award

Lars Pedersen, Petter Engelstad, and Adrian Helvik of Specifique for Future of Energy Simulation

Specifique Future of Energy Simulation

Game of the Year Runner Up

Tamara Eberle of Traction Strategy for Innovate or Dinosaur

Traction Strategy Innovate or Dinosaur

Most Ambitious Game

Lief Sørensen and Maja Spangsberg Krogstrup of Actee for ActeeLeadership


Contact: Matt Fisher Tel: +353-1-5134500

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Game of the Year
Game of the Year Runner Up
Most Ambitious Game

Dwight Mihalicz elected a Fellow of the Institute

Dwight Mihalicz

Dwight Mihalicz FBEI

We are delighted to announce that Dwight Mihalicz has been elected a Fellow of the Institute.

Dwight is a management consultant, thinker, and author with over 40 years’ experience working at local, national, and international levels in not-for-profit and for-profit organizations. He started his career in 1973 with the Canadian Red Cross and rose to the position of Director of Revenue Generation for the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies in Geneva. He has served on the board of UNICEF Canada and as Director of the Dean’s Advisory Committee at the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management. He has also served as the Treasurer of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes.

Dwight is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Management Consultants and holds MBA from the University of Ottawa.

NEW: the Pragmatic Manager Development Program

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Pragmatic Manager Development Program. The highly interactive program consists of twelve 2.5 hours sessions – spaced a month apart – over the course of a year. It combines work on real-life business challenges with exposure to global good practice. Participants are required to apply learning in their workplace during the program, which brings benefit to their companies and develops management know-how along with the focus and commitment needed to achieve both rapid impact and long-term, sustainable improvement.

Neal Traynor, the Institute’s COO, says “We’re excited to launch the program, which is carefully crafted to equip practicing managers in small and medium sized businesses and family businesses with the know-how, skills, and confidence to develop their management and leadership abilities. It’s been developed by practicing managers, not by academics, and requires participants to work on challenges they face at work as part of the program.”

The program commences on 19 November 2018 for people in Dublin prior to further roll-out. Enrolment is now open and spaces are limited – for more information see The Pragmatic Manager Development Program.

Julia Chang Bloch, Marie Lindsay & Raomal Perera are inducted into the Excellence Hall of Fame

The 2018 Excellence Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin, Ireland, on April 19. During the gala dinner, three more outstanding people became members of the Excellence Hall of Fame:

  • Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch, Founder & CEO, US-China Education Trust
  • Marie Lindsay, Principal, St. Mary’s College Derry/Londonderry
  • Raomal Perera, Adjunct Professor, INSEAD & UCD

Congratulations to 4 newly Certified Excellence Assessors

Congratulations to Aoife Corcoran, Els Van de Water, Neal Traynor and Ronan Traynor who successfully completed their Excellence Assessor training with two days active learning workshops on April 20 & 21.

They are the Institute’s first cohort of Certified Excellence Assessors who have been trained to be competent assessors able to assess excellence in any organization using any excellence model or framework.

Michael Sutton elected a Fellow of the Institute

Michael Sutton

Michael Sutton FBEI

We are delighted to announce that Michael Sutton has been elected a Fellow of the Institute.

Michael is a multidisciplinary scholarly practitioner with experience in design thinking, information systems, knowledge management, education and games. After working in business and management as an executive and entrepreneur, he began teaching and is an award winning author of papers on educational technology and business. He is an internationally recognized thought leader on Game-Based Learning. Despite being a fan of innovative and disruptive approaches to education, he has been invited to teach as an Adjunct Professor at a number of universities in the U.S. and is a research advisor for the Harvard Business Review.

Michael holds BIS in Management Sciences (University of Waterloo) and a PhD in Knowledge Management (McGill University). He served as a judge for the Institute’s International Business Learning Games Competition in 2017.