European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)

EFMD ( is an international membership organisation that counts more than 800 institutional members and reaches over 16,000 management development professionals from academia, business, public service and consultancy across 82 countries worldwide.

EFMD provides a unique forum for information, research, networking and debate on innovation and best practice in management development. EFMD is recognised globally as an accreditation body of quality in management education and has established accreditation services for business schools and business school programmes, corporate universities and technology-enhanced learning programmes. Within its scope, EFMD is committed to offer professionals and institutions involved in management learning and organisational development the opportunity to be part of a dynamic, relevant and diverse network sharing the common objective of developing effective and socially responsible leaders and managers.

Acting as a catalyst to promote and enhance excellence in management development internationally, EFMD:
  • Coordinates projects and activities that foster an active dialogue and exchange between companies and academic institutions.
  • Disseminates knowledge throughout the network for the benefit of its members that allows for a better understanding and insight into the latest developments in management development.
  • Generates new ideas for a continual enhancement of management thinking and practices.
  • Initiates customised events on highly topical issues bringing business executives and distinguished academics together.
  • Maintains a series of on-going activities that foster learning, sharing and networking among its members and helps contribute to a better understanding of the continual changes in the business and management education environments.
  • Manages international projects and has strong relationships with sister associations in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Central America, United States, Canada and Australasia.
  • Provides an enabling context and environment that leads to professional networking and bridges the divide between the academic and business world.
  • Runs the EQUIS, EPAS, CLIP & CEL accreditation schemes and EDAF development programme, which all aim to raise the standards of management education around the world.
    EFMD will host the Tempus IRIS international Conference in June 2015.