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What does toilet paper teach us about poverty?

What does toilet paper teach us about poverty? Creative commons image paul under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 May 2016
The purchasing pattern of a bathroom staple has a lot to teach us about how poverty works. Atif Kukaswadia explains.

Banking crimes without end

Banking crimes without end Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork by Gary Edwards © The Open University New content
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 23 May 2016
Has the UK financial sector become the 'serial offender' of corporate crimes with mis-selling of products like PPI and pensions...

10 billion dollar companies that didn't exist 10 years ago

10 billion dollar companies that didn't exist 10 years ago Creative commons image By Philafrenzy (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 10 May 2016
To continue the celebrations around OpenLearn's 10th birthday, here's a list of ten billion dollar companies that didn't exist ten years ago. 

Drugs and consumerism

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Drugs and consumerism Creative commons image Biotic lensbaby / Sparky / CC BY-NC 2.0 under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 45 mins Updated 03 May 2016
Peter Bloom and Gerard Hastings discuss consumerism vs citizenship in the context of broader issues around drug pricing, advertising and marketing.

Is norovirus an economic threat?

Is norovirus an economic threat? Creative commons image bixentro under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Apr 2016
Is the loss to the global economy of the "winter vomiting virus" hard to swallow?

What would it take to save British Home Stores?

What would it take to save British Home Stores? Creative commons image Dominic Alves under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Apr 2016
Could BHS be saved? Maybe, says, Robert MacIntosh - but it would take a brave team to take it on.

Battered, Hurt, ...Shutting? Why has BHS struggled on the high street?

Battered, Hurt, ...Shutting? Why has BHS struggled on the high street? Creative commons image Mtaylor848 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Apr 2016
The once-mighty BHS is stumbling, and the money may soon run out. Leigh Sparks explains how a High Street stalwart can come so badly unstuck.

Why the UK can't take business support for the EU for granted

Why the UK can't take business support for the EU for granted Creative commons image Dave Catchpole - Flickr under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 Apr 2016
Corporate response to the EU Referendum may be more complex that we might have anticipated, Sofia Vasilopoulou explains why. 

OpenLearn Live: 12th April 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 12th April 2016 Creative commons image brownpau under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Apr 2016
The birth of commercial spam, and the customer services stars you probably don't even notice. Free learning from across the day.

The UK's EU Referendum Introduced

The UK's EU Referendum Introduced Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Updated 07 Apr 2016
Start here for some general information about the UK's upcoming EU Referendum.

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Technology, innovation and management

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Technology, innovation and management Copyrighted image Copyright: David Parker / Science Photo Library / Universal Images Group
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 29 Apr 2016
Develop a critical understanding of technological innovation and management. This free course, Technology, innovation and management, will provide...

Different types of business

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Different types of business Copyrighted image Copyright: Ant Clausen/Shutterstock.com
Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 14 Apr 2016
A small grocery store run by one person and perhaps their family must pose quite different challenges from a multinational corporation with...

Managing my investments

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Managing my investments Copyrighted image Copyright: istock
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 13 Apr 2016
Gain the skills to manage your investments: analyse portfolio risk and plan your pension, with this free online course.

Introducing the voluntary sector

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Introducing the voluntary sector
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 13 Apr 2016
This free course, Introducing the voluntary sector, will guide you through some of the distinctive features and values of the voluntary sector, how...

Managing my money

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Managing my money
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 13 Apr 2016
This free course, Managing my money, allows you to gain the skills to manage your personal finances: managing budgets, debts, investments, property...

The business of football

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The business of football
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 13 Apr 2016
Welcome to this free course, The business of football, produced by The Open University working in partnership with The Football League Trust. If...

Introducing a framework for strategy

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Introducing a framework for strategy Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 08 Apr 2016
If you are currently engaged in strategic decision-making, or will be in the future, this free course, Introducing a framework for strategy, will...

Managing the software enterprise: The organisational and business context

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Advanced level Duration 5 hours Updated 01 Apr 2016
This free course, Managing the software enterprise: The organisational and business context, relates software to the organisation that it supports,...

Seeing institutions in different ways

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Seeing institutions in different ways Copyrighted image Copyright: Dave Dyet - http://www.freeimages.com/photo/204998
Advanced level Duration 12 hours Updated 29 Mar 2016
To help you to understand the complexity of institutional development, this free course, Seeing institutions in different ways, will present...

Knowledge technologies in context

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Advanced level Duration 22 hours Updated 23 Mar 2016
This free course, Knowledge technologies in context, explores knowledge technologies; that is, software systems that can represent, interpret,...

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Foundation Degree in Financial Services

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Foundation Degree in Financial Services Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 25 May 2016
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 25 May 2016
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services

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Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 25 May 2016
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 May 2016
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

CertHE in Business Management (Sport and Football)

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CertHE in Business Management (Sport and Football) Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 25 May 2016
The Certificate of Higher Education in Business Management (Sport and Football) – designed in partnership with the Football League Trust - will...

BA (Honours) Business Management (Sport and Football)

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BA (Honours)  Business Management (Sport and Football) Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 May 2016
Do you want to combine your passion for football with your desire to obtain a business degree? The Open University degree in Business Management ...

Dip HE in Business Management (Sport and Football)

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Dip HE in Business Management (Sport and Football) Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 25 May 2016
The Open University’s Diploma of Higher Education in Business Management (Sport and Football) – designed in partnership with the Football League...

Certificate of Higher Education in Business and Management

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Certificate of Higher Education in Business and Management Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 25 May 2016
This certificate will introduce you to business and management and help you to develop the skills required for further study in this area. The...

Professional Certificate in Management

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Professional Certificate in Management Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 700 hours Updated 25 May 2016
If you’re new to management, or you need to develop your managerial abilities and understanding, the Professional Certificate in Management is for...

Professional Certificate in Accounting

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Professional Certificate in Accounting Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 25 May 2016
This Professional Certificate in Accounting is ideal if you want a route into the accountancy profession, or if you need fundamental accounting...