Latest research reveals 55 countries have a Business Excellence Award

May 29, 2018 by ahmed
Research conducted by the Centre for Organisational Excellence Research (COER) has revealed that at least 55 countries have a national business excellence award. Some countries have more than one award, making a total of 65 award programs.

Eligibility of an award to be considered as an active Business Excellence Award
Business excellence awards were considered as “active” if they were based on a holistic business excellence framework and used similar assessment methods to internationally recognised frameworks such as the EFQM Excellence Model and the Baldrige Excellence Framework. Also, to be included, an awards program must have been run in 2016, 2017 or planned for 2018.BE framework

In addition to the 55 countries, 18 countries did not have an awards program but were running initiatives to encourage organisations on a business excellence journey. Therefore in total 73 countries have a business excellence award or initiative.

List of Active Business Excellence Awards
We encourage readers of this blog to check the list and inform us if our information on your country’s award is incorrect or missing.

The following graph shows that the EFQM Excellence Model is the most commonly used, particularly in Europe and the Middle East. 30 countries use the EFQM Excellence Model or models similar to it. The Baldrige Excellence Framework is also popular with use in the United States and many countries in Asia. 19 countries use the Baldrige Excellence Framework or models similar to it. 15 awards programs use a unique model and one business excellence award in Sweden enables award applicants to choose between using the Baldrige Excellence Framework, EFQM Excellence Model or the Swedish Business Excellence Model.

BE chart

This research was conducted by Saad Ghafoor, PhD student and Dr Robin Mann, Head of COER.

COER supports organisations and countries in business excellence in a number of ways:

  • COER is undertaking research that is improving our understanding of National Business Excellence Awards and strategies. COER’s “Excellence Without Borders”. Project aims to assist the administrators and custodians of business excellence to effectively develop and manage regional and national business excellence strategies and awards.
  • COER is working closely with a number of countries to help them develop national business excellence strategies and services. For example, refer to our recent work in Tonga and how we assist organisations on their improvement journey through Dubai We Learn.
  • COER is currently organising with the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce, APQO and GBN the Global Organisational Excellence Congress, 10-12 December 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE. This event includes the International Best Practice Competition and GBN’s Global Benchmarking Awards.
  • COER’s BPIR.com resource contains a wealth of best practice information including 1,000’s of best practices that are categorized by business excellence frameworks, and over 80 self-assessment tools.

For more information on COER’s work please contact Dr Robin Mann, r.s.mann@massey.ac.nz

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