AMBA Excellence Awards 2020 – Business School Innovation Award

This award is a celebration of innovation and radical thinking in business education delivery across all areas of a Business School and has been developed to recognise and reward game-changing new practices, risks and creativity with relevance to programmes available at AMBA-accredited and/or BGA member Business Schools. It promotes the value of taking risks in pursuit of the new in different categories such as teaching, learning, recruitment and alumni relations.


Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London (UK) 

Imperial College Business School’s vision is to benefit business and improve society through the power of innovative thinking.

Imperial College Business School is a key player in business education, offering a range of courses and degrees. It is among the 1% of Business Schools to have been accredited by AASCB, AMBA and EQUIS.

Imperial College Business School won this award because, in November 2018, it became the first university to deliver a live lecture via holographic telepresence technology.

The School went beyond webinars and video-based lectures to deliver a truly interactive experience that paralleled the real world, going as far as possible to create the dynamics of a physical lecture room; students were able to make eye contact with the lecturer and have their questions answered in real time. The lecture offered additional benefits to the students by drawing on a global pool of speakers, maximising teaching time, and creating a 21st-century educational experience.

Highly Commeded

NEOMA Business School (France) for ‘ExE (experiential education)’


Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow (UK) for ‘Emergency and disaster management training’

Graduate School of Management, MIP Politecnico di Milano (Italy) for ‘FLEXA: a new digital mentor for personalised lifelong learning’

Paris School of Business (France) for ‘Virtual reality in marketing courses’

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain) for ‘Science Park partnership’