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OpenLearn Live: 4th February 2016

OpenLearn Live: 4th February 2016 Creative commons image JschneiderWiki under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Feb 2016
The other Anne Hathaway; a new name for McGraw Hill and increasing levels of bottled water. Then more free learning through the day.

The Bottom Line Expert Opinion: Renewable Energy

The Bottom Line Expert Opinion: Renewable Energy Creative commons image Ed Suominen [ New content
Introductory level Updated 28 Jan 2016
What are the economic consequences of climate change? Peter Bloom discusses the potential and limitations of 'green business'. 

The Bottom Line Expert Opinion: How to Manage a Boardroom

The Bottom Line Expert Opinion: How to Manage a Boardroom Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime Updated content
Introductory level Updated 28 Jan 2016
How do corporations make decisions and what is the relationship between executives and shareholders? Peter Bloom explores the impact that the...

The Bottom Line: Winter 2015-16

The Bottom Line: Winter 2015-16 Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Updated 25 Jan 2016
The Bottom Line returns with a new series from The Open University and the BBC, presented by Evan Davis.

When is the best time to buy plane tickets?

When is the best time to buy plane tickets? Copyright free image Copyright free: Arivaran
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Dec 2015
Myths and systems claiming to help you get the best possible deal on airline tickets abound. But what's the truth? How should you time your...

Sometimes a bunny is just a bunny: The Playboy brand and sexualisation of children

Sometimes a bunny is just a bunny: The Playboy brand and sexualisation of children Copyrighted image Copyright: Michalakis Ppalis | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Dec 2015
Beyond the tabloid-fuelled rage at Playboy products apparently aimed at children is a much more nuanced relationship with the Bunny brand.

Fracking: Is it possible to persuade the public that the benefits outweigh the risks

Fracking: Is it possible to persuade the public that the benefits outweigh the risks Creative commons image Kate Ausburn under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Dec 2015
Communities across the UK (and beyond) have come together to protest against fracking in their areas. But there are strong economic imperatives...

Small Business Saturday and The Open University Business School

Small Business Saturday and The Open University Business School Creative commons image Government of Alberta under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Dec 2015
The annual celebration of the businesses which power the economy takes place each December - and the OUBS is proud to support the event.

The Bottom Line: Autumn 2015 - archive

The Bottom Line: Autumn 2015 - archive Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Updated 12 Nov 2015
The Bottom Line returns with a new series from The Open University and the BBC, presented by Evan Davis.

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Challenges in advanced management accounting

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Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
This free course, Challenges in advanced management accounting, focuses on strategic management accounting and selected concepts and techniques. It...

Creating an ethical organisation

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Businesses are increasingly making explicit their commitment to dealing with ethical concerns. This free course, Creating an ethical organisation,...

Environmental factors and organisations

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The interactions of business with the non-commercial environment are under increasing scrutiny. This free course, Environmental factors and...

Investment risk

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Advanced level Duration 6 hours Updated 14 Jan 2016
Risk, in a financial context, is a synonym for uncertainty. This free course will allow those with some background knowledge of the area to explore...

Implementing the project

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Day-to-day monitoring of a project is essential to ensure that work is progressing according to the plan, and it will often be necessary to review...

Completing the project

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This free course, Completing the project, will examine the particular issues that arise in bringing a project to a close, and ways of evaluating a...

Managing projects through people

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The importance of managing people for the success of a project cannot be underestimated. This free course, Managing projects through people,...

Planning a project

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Gantt charts, critical path analysis, SMART objectives and estimation skills are just some of the topics covered in this free course, Planning a...

The market-led organisation

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Marketing means different things to different people. How do you decide who to aim a campaign at? If you already have a background in marketing,...

Campaigns and organisations

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Advanced level Duration 2 hours Updated 14 Jan 2016
If you've ever been involved in campaigning for change, you probably know that getting the desired result is much harder than it seems. Moreover,...