SKOLKOVO Trend Award 2017: Why Winning the Hearts Every Day Is So Important?

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Moscow, November 23, 2017. – The Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO celebrated the best corporate and state development projects with the SKOLKOVO Trend Award 2017.

SKOLKOVO: SKOLKOVO Trend Award 2017: Why Winning the Hearts Every Day Is So Important?

Russian and international companies and state corporations presented best practices for training management teams and leaders, promoting digital transformation, and creating development strategies, implemented in cooperation with the SKOLKOVO Business School. 12 projects were awarded.

The SKOLKOVO Trend Award 2017 was given to:

  1. State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom — for conceptualising a new image of the corporate science. The Technological Innovations Management: Research Centres Programme, implemented jointly with the SKOLKOVO Business School, was dedicated to designing scientific centres subject to business development and staff training objectives. As a result of the programme, five models of a multifunctional research centre and eight pilot scientific centres for innovative projects were developed.
  2. Gazprom Neft — for partnership aimed at creating an educational platform to support the company's digital transformation. The SKOLKOVO Business School and Gazprom Neft have formed a partnership to support and maintain one of the company's key strategic initiatives—digital transformation.
  3. SIBUR — for Operational Efficiency and Production Management Programme aimed at developing leaders. The objective of the programme was to give practical management knowledge to participants and to improve production efficiency. The short-listed projects were presented to the President of SIBUR, while the winning project was approved by the company for implementation.
  4. MTS — for developing an innovative educational programme, an accelerator of corporate development projects. MTS implemented a professional development programme aimed at developing the leadership potential of the company’s leaders. The objective of the programme was to help the company grow leaders of a new generation who are able to perform well under uncertainty. As a result of the programme, the company introduced a number of projects to develop the corporate culture and change its organisational structure, created a new incentive system for project teams, launched digital services, and promoted some participants of the programme.
  5. VTB Bank — for a contribution to the partnership aimed at promoting an integrated approach to learning. At the request of VTB Bank, the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO implemented a large-scale negotiation skills programme for employees of client and support services. More than 620 employees completed a training course at the VTB Negotiation Academy. According to a survey conducted by the company, more than 96% of the participants in the course reported the high level of satisfaction with the programme and trainers’ performance.
  6. UAK — for developing digital technology initiatives in the aircraft industry. At the request of the United Aircraft Corporation, a two-day strategic session dedicated to digital transformation issues was held. An organisational chart presented by the participants in the final round allowed the company to start the digital transformation.
  7. ROSTELECOM — for the project-oriented Digital Transformation Programme. By participating in the programme, the trainees acquired practical tools for the company's strategic development. A special focus was made on intensive design work. As a result of the programme, seven transformational projects were developed and discussed with the key stakeholders of the company. Most of them were approved for further implementation.
  8. A joint project initiated by the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, supported by the Russian Venture Company and implemented with the participation of the Higher School of Economics — for a constructive dialogue of the government, development institutes and business sector within the framework of the National Champions Project. In March, the SKOLKOVO Business School held the first strategic session of the National Champions—Platform for Dialogue: Resources, Risks and Points of Growth. More than thirty executives from various companies, together with representatives of the government, development institutions and invited experts, studied the main opportunities and risks for domestic industries in global markets, analysed technological trends, and discussed necessary support measures from the government. Summing up the session, the parties developed a common vision of the project implementation and worked out an action plan to eliminate or reduce the existing administrative barriers.
  9. Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous District — Yugra received a special award as the most purposeful regional team for holding a session in an effort to implement the 2030 Socio-Economic Development Strategy of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous District—Yugra. Many of the ideas formulated as part of the programme are already in progress in the region, can be seen in activities of administrations and enterprises, or have been embodied in new government programmes. The Restoration and Use of Natural Resources Project developed by the Department for Subsoil Use is just one example.
  10. Kaliningrad Region was awarded as the most creative regional team. The region held a strategic session to identify priority areas for its development. The objective of the session was to agree on priority areas for the regional development and to identify ways of achieving them. The programme was finished by a presentation of the results based on the chosen priority areas.
  11. BELUGA GROUP — for the development of a team capable of building a high-performance business in Russia and a world-class brand. Its series of programmes was aimed at making the team more efficient and updating the company's philosophy. New ideas are now actively used in HR activities.
  12. Mastercard — for the contribution to the cashless economy. Since 2013, the company has been supporting the development of the Department of Finance, Payments and Electronic Commerce at the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO. During this time, the Department conducted and published more than 20 specialised studies, trained over 3,000 students of the School and its partners, developed and introduced more than 70 specialised courses, including the first online course on how to create a financial model for businesses.

Arkady Dvorkovich, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, awarded the Winners with commemorative tokens: “I hope that the winners of the SKOLKOVO Trend Awards will earn people’s respect and win their hearts, as stated in the ReForum’s motto. This is important because, ultimately, everything is determined by people—customers and users of services. Companies that do not win the hearts of their customers every day and do not try to earn their respect may lose everything in one second. I hope that all ReForum’s members follow these principles and want to be leaders in what they do. Only this way we can achieve a great deal.”

Andrey Sharonov, President of the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO: “I divide all people and companies into two categories: those who are learning and those who have learned everything. I’m very afraid of the second category and am very glad that all those who have been awarded today belong to the first one. These are people and companies who pay much attention to their competencies, who are not afraid of their deficiency and learn a lot to develop them and be competitive.”

SKOLKOVO Trend Award is an annual award given by the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO. The purpose of the award is to celebrate the success stories and the best projects implemented by corporate and government partners of the business school. The first awarding ceremony took place in 2015 with the participation of the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Then, seven companies and government agencies were awarded with statuettes and certificates of honour. On December 1, 2016, the second awarding ceremony was attended by Arkady Dvorkovich, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.

This year, the SKOLKOVO Trend Award ceremony was held as part of ReForum, the fifth business forum in the field of human capital and talent pool development in Russia, uniting more than 700 progressive leaders.

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