Keystone Foods case study

From 2011 to 2012 Keystone Foods partnered with Melbourne Business School Executive Education to create their Leadership Development Program (LDP) for the APMEA (Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa) Regional Leadership Team.

MBS graduates throwing hats in the air on graduation

Participants consistently rated the program >4 out of 5 on all measures, and were particularly impressed with the usefulness of the skills they acquired in achieving real outcomes at work.


The challenge


Keystone Foods needed to build the bench strength of talent for its current and future executive leadership roles.

They sought a program that would build business and individual capability jointly so that key talent could operate more effectively across markets and cultures.

Keyston selected Melbourne Business School Executive Education as the provider for this program on the basis of our status as a world-class business school and our strength in cross-cultural facilitation. The latter was particularly important because participants were drawn from a wide range of cultures and countries including Australia, Bahrain, China, Malaysia, South Korea and Thailand.
 

The program


Keystone’s LDP combined the benefits of accredited and customised learning approaches by embedding accredited MBA-style classes within a wider blend of practical methodologies to support the transfer of learning into the workplace.

The program architecture included 3 x 5-day intensive modules, interspersed with workplace assignments supported by video-conference meetings. We delivered modules in Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur.

The program worked on a number of levels to broaden mindsets and increase participants’ skills and knowledge. The learning approach emphasised dialogue, cross-business collaboration, and transformation.

Great emphasis was placed on the process of checking in with participants to ensure they remained supported and engaged throughout the program.
 

The impact


Upon completion of the program, participants received a Professional Certificate in Management, awarded by the prestigious University of Melbourne.

Participants consistently rated the program >4 out of 5 on all measures, and were particularly impressed with the usefulness of the skills they acquired in achieving real outcomes at work.

A key success of the program was to develop a strong succession line for core positions. This was achieved by contributing to the validation of successor potential and readiness; creating individual development plans; and ongoing development progress.

Due to this success, Keystone Foods has elected to continue its relationship with Melbourne Business School Executive Education to create a series of Strategic Workshops in 2014.