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Are old voting machines a threat to democracy?

Are old voting machines a threat to democracy? Creative commons image Joebeone under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 May 2016
Although e-voting might seem like a modern way of running an election, in the US the current infrastructure is already sliding into obsolesence -...

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

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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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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.

OpenLearn Live: 12th April 2016

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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.

OpenLearn Live: 5th April 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Apr 2016
Rupert Murdoch's attempt to create an old-style, brand-new newspaper. Then more free learning across the day.

Can Starbucks sell coffee to the Italians?

Can Starbucks sell coffee to the Italians? Creative commons image N i c o l a under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Mar 2016
A few years back, internet wags had fun pretending Starbucks was about to start selling its coffee in Italy. Now, life is imitating LOLs.

What's the difference between a tall organisation and a flat organisation? The one-minute guide

What's the difference between a tall organisation and a flat organisation? The one-minute guide Copyright free image Copyright free: Puravida_fotagrifie
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Mar 2016
Tall organisations have many layers of hierarchies; flat ones have fewer. But what is the advantage of each approach?

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Technology, innovation and management

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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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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...

Introducing a framework for strategy

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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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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,...

The importance of interpersonal skills

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Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 18 Mar 2016
To succeed in management you need good interpersonal skills, you need to understand how to deal with other people. This free course, The importance...

Understanding management: I'm managing thank you!

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 18 Mar 2016
This free course, Understanding management: I'm managing thank you! provides you with a set of ideas for developing your approach to managing your...

Finding information in business and management

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Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 17 Mar 2016
This free course, Finding information in business and management, will help you to identify and use information in business and management, whether...

Project management: the start of the project journey

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Advanced level Duration 35 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
This free course, Project management: The start of the project journey, introduces projects, what they are, how they come about, responses to...

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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 28 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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Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 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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Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 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 28 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 28 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 28 May 2016
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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Diploma of Higher Education in Retail Management Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 May 2016
Retail is a dynamic, global industry – with innovative new markets constantly emerging to keep pace with increasingly sophisticated consumer...

Foundation Degree in Retail Management

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Foundation Degree in Retail Management Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 May 2016
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 28 May 2016
How do leadership and management theories and ideas influence the way organisations and individuals think and work? If you want to contribute to...

Diploma of Higher Education in Business

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Diploma of Higher Education in Business Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 May 2016
How are businesses organised? How do they develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? And how do these factors impact on a business...