The Global Association of
Workshops & Programmes
Time Design in Work-based
Learning and Development
Corporate University Go-to-Guide
Management Learning About the Corporate
Blueprint is the world-class
company corporate university design and drafting tool.
Blueprint's creative process consists of 10 key
structural strands, each with its own cluster of
connected development areas.
Find out more
about the structure of the
can move progressively through the Blueprint process
to evolve and prioritise their corporate portfolio
of formal and informal strategically inspired
programmes from start to finish.
process can also be used flexibly across multiple
applications, in divisions, subsidiary companies,
major project developments, etc., to maximise local
growth and development achievements.
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Corporate University Development Services
G-ACUA provides world-class management support for
the creation of a corporate university or academy that will lead to
growth and strategic development and release individual potential
and organizational capability.
Using the Corporate University Blueprint Process we offer
proven process management services for the accelerated strategic
development of dedicated
corporate university real-time development platforms.
are many questions to be asked when it comes to
building a corporate university or academy
development from scratch, or reviewing an existing
Go-To-Guide has been designed to
steer you in the right direction and will direct you
through the process of development. The questions
and answers below provide information about the
stages involved in establishing a winning
The Team Leader
takes ownership of
the corporate university
development and application. This is
a role that calls for capabilities in
leadership, decision making, network linking
skills and team building.
It is important to select the right people
for your team. These specially selected
people will undertake research and analysis
Select your team, assigning roles and
responsibilities. The team will work with
you to define the factors that influence
best practice and make recommendations for
customising and extending the scope of the
The section within the
Blueprint entitled “Applying the
Blueprint: Leadership Roles and Helpers”
considers the issues involved with team
prioritise business development objectives
This stage addresses
the factors that need to be considered when choosing your
application target area. You may be conducting a reflective
review of an existing programme, or you may be introducing a
whole new corporate university development.
It is of real value to have a clear vision of the outcome
and obtain good project engagement with the people in your
Consider the following factors in selecting your
corporate university application:
• In which areas of the organization do we need to focus, or
will it be a whole organization application?
• Where is there a need for clarification, improvement or
development in current practices that are affecting
• What priorities and time frames are we working to?
• What do we want to achieve as a result of this work?
Confirm people resources
at each stage of the project
Who are the best people to
contribute to this development?
both within the organization and
externally, should be involved and
at what level – managers, administrators, technicians, etc?
Who will be able to provide valuable, objective
contributions to the process in specific disciplines or
areas of activity?
How will this programme of
development be communicated to the whole organization so as
to maximise company-wide interest in the activity and its outcomes?
Blueprint process for programme
Review the Corporate
University Blueprint and how it's many decision elements can
help you in your programme portfolio management.
Find out more about the
structure of the Blueprint here
Build the programme
At this stage you are ready to
start to implement your plans. Your team of
contributors will be ready to collaborate in their research
and development activity.
We would recommend using the
Blueprint as your programme
portfolio design and drafting tool.
You may complete known element
areas quickly and then move onto other elements. Finding out
what is known and what is not known (or should be known)
is a key development stage in exercising the Blueprint
As you progress through your
activity you may find that
you will jump around within the Blueprint, as
connections come to mind.
Although the elements are shown as separate activity areas
they are in fact all connected in different ways to produce
a dynamic whole. The Blueprint "Tree
of Knowledge" is a convenient mind
map of the total corporate university development landscape.
Review and respond
throughout the process
As you progress through your
corporate university development
application, regularly check on your progress, to make sure
that areas you had skipped do not get forgotten.
Using the multi-page view option in Adobe is useful here for
an at-a-glance overview of your progress. The decision index
has a column of checkboxes which can be used to indicate
It may be that you do not need to address every single
element within the Blueprint. This will depend on your
specific application. However, to keep in mind what is
outstanding and what is completed is good practice and will
help you and your team towards completion of the corporate
university review or design project.
It is useful to have regular meetings, whether face to face
or online, where you can address any issues that have arisen
as a result of undertaking a Blueprint application.
Any video-conferencing system with screen-sharing
capabilities can be used to hold these meetings, if face to
face is not a suitable option. Additionally, document
sharing packages can be used to centralise the application
activities. Technological advancement means that it is easy
to undertake applications right across international
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