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Casting Idris Elba as the first black James Bond wouldn’t make the films less troubling

Casting Idris Elba as the first black James Bond wouldn’t make the films less troubling Creative commons image Credit: Beacon under CC-BY-NC licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 06 Jan 2015
While the first black Bond would be a triumph for diversity in films, it won't change immoral Western organisations, writes Peter Bloom. 

When a top cop and Russell Brand unite against austerity, something must be happening

When a top cop and Russell Brand unite against austerity, something must be happening Creative commons image Credit: Marlenna Pope Weldemann under CC-BY-NC-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Dec 2014
The Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, and Russell Brand have both spoekn out against austerity policies - but is it a...

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
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
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
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?

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Introducing a framework for strategy

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Masters level Duration 10 hours Updated 25 Sep 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...

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...

Marketing in the 21st Century

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Masters level Duration 6 hours Updated 10 Feb 2014
This unit offers a managerial perspective of how to deliver more effective marketing in an organisation, regardless of whether it is based in the...

Marketing communications as a strategic function

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Masters level Duration 6 hours Updated 11 Dec 2013
Marketing communications help to define an orgaisation's relationship with its customers. This unit emphasises the strategic importance of such...

Entrepreneurial behaviour

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Have you ever wanted to start your own business? This unit will give you the opportunity to consider and reflect on the personal aspects involved...

Finding information in business and management

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Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 26 Nov 2013
This unit will help you to identify and use information in business and management, whether for your work, study or personal purposes. Experiment...

The importance of interpersonal skills

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Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
To succeed in management you need good interpersonal skills, you need to understand how to deal with other people. This unit will help you gain an...

Managing relationships

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Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
Do you find fundraising difficult? Are others around you making your role as a fundraiser more difficult than it need be? This unit will help you...

Human resources: recruitment and selection

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Does the recruitment and selection process fill you with dread? Discrimination and equal opportunities legislation can make this area feel like a...

Entrepreneurial impressions - reflection

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Introductory level Duration 7 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
In this unit you will be encouraged to unpack your own experiences of, and perceptions about, entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship. You will also...

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CertHE in Business Management (Sport and Football)

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 29 Jan 2015
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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Duration 600 hours Updated 29 Jan 2015
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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Duration 3600 hours Updated 29 Jan 2015
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 29 Jan 2015
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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Duration 1200 hours Updated 29 Jan 2015
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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Duration 700 hours Updated 29 Jan 2015
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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Duration 600 hours Updated 29 Jan 2015
This Professional Certificate in Accounting is ideal if you want a route into the accountancy profession, or if you need fundamental accounting...

Diploma of Higher Education in Retail Management

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 29 Jan 2015
Retail is a dynamic, global industry – with innovative new markets constantly emerging to keep pace with increasingly sophisticated consumer...

Diploma of Higher Education in Leadership and Management

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 29 Jan 2015
How do leadership and management theories and ideas influence the way organisations and individuals think and work? If you want to contribute to...

Foundation Degree in Retail Management

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 29 Jan 2015
Retail is a dynamic, global industry – with innovative new markets constantly emerging to keep pace with increasingly sophisticated consumer...