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30 years of SME research highlights impact of the ‘digital revolution’

30 years of SME research highlights impact of the ‘digital revolution’ Creative commons image Credit: The Open University New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 16 Dec 2014
The Quarterly Survey of Small Business in Britain highlights the changes affecting SMEs in the past 30 years.

Mass surveillance just doesn’t work

Mass surveillance just doesn’t work Copyrighted image Credit: Flynt | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 10 Dec 2014
Are the government's plans (or hopes) to collect information on everyone and everything infeasible? 

Why the message of The Hunger Games films is dangerous

Why the message of The Hunger Games films is dangerous Copyrighted image Credit: Lionsgate New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 10 Dec 2014
The mass uprising against a tyrannical regime depicted in The Hunger Games is a reality in some countries, but can the results be devastating? 

Ferguson verdict is another victory for racial fear in the US

Ferguson verdict is another victory for racial fear in the US Creative commons image Credit: Allan Warren under CC BY 2.0) license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Nov 2014
A look at how racial fearmongering has been used to legitimise violence against African-Americans. 

Interstellar: a dangerous fantasy of US colonialism?

Interstellar: a dangerous fantasy of US colonialism? Copyrighted image Credit: Lagron49 | Dreamstime.com - Anne Hathaway Photo
Updated 19 Nov 2014
Anne Hathaway's space movie puts engineers and scientists at the heart of the story - but is let down by an American colonialist message, says...

Researching, with feelings

Researching, with feelings Copyrighted image Credit: Tanyaru | Dreamstime.com - White Eggs With Different Emotions In Tray Horizontal Photo
Updated 19 Nov 2014
Caroline Clarke has co-edited a new collection on the link between research and feelings - but why is the relationship important?

The Great Fall: Business impact

The Great Fall: Business impact Creative commons image Credit: Schmidt under CC-BY-SA-3.0-de license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Nov 2014
What was the impact of the fall of the Berlin Wall on business in Europe?   

Fear & loathing on the campaign trail

Fear & loathing on the campaign trail Copyright free image Credit: Official White House photo by Pete Souza
Updated 02 Nov 2014
The blame game allows these commonly quite similar parties in practice to distinguish themselves from each other in rhetoric, says Peter Bloom.

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Managing my money

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Managing my money
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 01 Oct 2014
Gain the skills to manage your personal finances: managing budgets, debts, investments, property purchase, pensions and insurance.

The business of football

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The business of football
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 17 Sep 2014
Welcome to this free new OpenLearn course produced by The Open University working in partnership with The Football League Trust. If you are...

Stakeholders in marketing and finance

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Stakeholders in marketing and finance Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 2 hours Updated 03 Sep 2014
This unit comprises two sections introducing the idea of customers and stakeholders for financial information. It also contains two activities in...

Managing My Money alumni

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Managing My Money alumni
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 30 Jun 2014
The Managing My Money alumni is an area that encourages insightful discussions and topical debates with other learners through our alumni forum and...

Creativity and innovation

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Masters level Duration 6 hours Updated 04 Jun 2014
This unit offers an introduction to factors that are important in creativity and innovation at work. It addresses different ideas about the cause...

Organisations and management accounting

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 22 May 2014
This OpenLearn study unit examines the nature of organisations, specifically their objectives and structure. Organisational objectives and...

Financial accounting and reporting

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 15 May 2014
This unit discusses how accountants act as processors and purveyors of information for decision making and the needs of those who use accounting...

Rural entrepreneurship in Wales

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Rural entrepreneurship in Wales
Introductory level Duration 30 hours Updated 09 Apr 2014
What are the important issues to consider when starting up or running a small business in a rural environment? This study unit will introduce you...

Introducing corporate finance

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Introducing corporate finance Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Masters level Duration 20 hours Updated 03 Mar 2014
This unit introduces you to the importance of finance and the role it plays in organisations. It explains the different functions of money and the...

Introducing a framework for strategy

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Masters level Duration 10 hours Updated 12 Feb 2014
If you’re currently engaged in strategic decision-making, or will be in the future, this unit will stimulate your imagination and inform your...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 18 Dec 2014
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...

BA/BSc Open degree

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Duration 3000 hours Updated 18 Dec 2014
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 Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 18 Dec 2014
The Certificate of Higher Education in Business Management (Sport and Football) – designed in partnership with the Football League Trust - will...

Certificate in Professional Practice in Delivering Public Services

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Certificate in Professional Practice in Delivering Public Services Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 18 Dec 2014
This certificate course is designed to give professional recognition to employees working in public service delivery. Developed in partnership with...

BA (Honours) Business Management (Sport and Football)

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BA (Honours)  Business Management (Sport and Football) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 18 Dec 2014
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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Duration 2400 hours Updated 18 Dec 2014
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 Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 18 Dec 2014
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 Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 700 hours Updated 18 Dec 2014
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 Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 18 Dec 2014
This Professional Certificate in Accounting is ideal if you want a route into the accountancy profession, or if you need fundamental accounting...

Foundation Degree in Financial Services

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Foundation Degree in Financial Services Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 18 Dec 2014
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...