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Supreme Streets: An Adventure Into Employee-Ownership

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Supreme Streets: An Adventure Into Employee-Ownership Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 25 Aug 2015
So we have all heard of John Lewis, but did you know it is employee-owned? And what does this actually mean? Follow Supreme Streets' journey...

How India reacted to Sundar Pichai's new role at Google - and what will he do?

How India reacted to Sundar Pichai's new role at Google - and what will he do? Creative commons image Credit: Maurizio Pesce under CC-BY licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2015
Indian-born Sundar Pichai has been appointed CEO at Google. How did India react to the news? Like anything, with jokes and Wikipedia edit wars.

What is ROWE - and does it deliver results?

What is ROWE - and does it deliver results? Copyright free image Credit: Cal-America
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Aug 2015
ROWE - where employees are judged on what they do, rather than where they are, remains popular with some organisations. But does it deliver results?

7 times people have surprised themselves by accomplishing great things

7 times people have surprised themselves by accomplishing great things Copyrighted image Credit: Les Cunliffe | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Mar 2015
Sometimes discovering what you're capable of can surprise you. Get inspiration from these seven talented people who were pleasantly surprised by...

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

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

The Quarterly Survey of Small Business in Britain - Competing in the EU

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 24 Oct 2014
Dr Richard Blundel introduces the latest survey findings of the Quarterly Survey, focusing on small and medium-sized businesses competing...

The challenge of being a manager and a leader

The challenge of being a manager and a leader Creative commons image Credit: Alex Proimos under CC-BY-NC licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 Aug 2014
Slashing his own salary in order to give his minimum-wage employees a raise has divided public opinion on one American university president. Is...

Camelford case study

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Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 19 Sep 2013
How did clear thought help during the water contamination disaster at Camelford?

Oxfam: Challenges for a complex charity

Oxfam: Challenges for a complex charity Creative commons image Credit: Oxfam at the UN Millennium Development Goals Summit / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 03 Sep 2013
Oxfam is a large and complex charity to manage. We ask some questions about the challenges it faces to remain successful in a competitive...

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Facilitating group discussions

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Facilitating group discussions Copyrighted image Credit: Rawpixel/iStockphoto.com
Introductory level Duration 2 hours Updated 23 Jul 2015
Gain an insight into facilitating meetings and discussions in the workplace. In this free course you will look at some of the behaviours effective...

What is strategy?

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Advanced level Duration 5 hours Updated 09 Jul 2015
Thinking about strategy generates many controversial questions. This free course, What is strategy?, focuses on practitioner views of strategy. You...

The role of the manager

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 01 Jul 2015
This free course, The role of the manager, examines the manager role in theory and in practice. You will begin by considering two classic theories...

What is strategic human resource management?

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 23 Jun 2015
This free course, What is strategic human resource management?, is about the interplay between decision making in HR and the multiple environments...

Project management: the start of the project journey

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Masters level Duration 35 hours Updated 26 May 2015
The free course, Project management: the start of the project journey, introduces projects, what they are, how they come about, responses to...

Understanding operations management

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Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 18 May 2015
Operations management is one of the central functions of all organisations. This free course, Understanding operations management, will provide you...

Management: perspective and practice

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Masters level Duration 10 hours Updated 28 Apr 2015
What does it mean to be a manager? Being a manager is a complex and challenging activity. This free course, Management: perspective and practice,...

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...

Discovering management

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Masters level Duration 15 hours Updated 10 Dec 2013
This free course, Discovering management, introduces you to the role of the manager, it covers management activities looking at leadership, human...