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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’ 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.

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

The Quarterly Survey of Small Business in Britain - Competing in the EU Creative commons image Credit: Raw Pixel Images | Dreamstime.com
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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Camelford case study Creative commons image Credit: Roger A Smith under CC-BY-SA licence
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...

From Beirut to Manhattan

From Beirut to Manhattan Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 03 Sep 2013
Culture affects business and management around the world, and business models may need to change to succeed. Here we explore the differences...

The challenges of managing in a global economy

The challenges of managing in a global economy Copyrighted image Credit: Michael Brown | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 02 Sep 2013
International trade has exploded over the last 30 years. Are managers ready for the challenges of working in different business environments?

What makes a great speech?

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What makes a great speech? Copyrighted image Credit: © Bambi L. Dingman | Dreamstime.com
Updated 28 Aug 2013
Connecting with an audience is one of the most critical aspects of great speech-making. See how Barack Obama mastered it by using flattery and...

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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...

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...

Making decisions

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Masters level Duration 4 hours Updated 04 Jul 2013
Do you hate making decisions? Does the ability of others to make snap decisions really frustrate you? This unit will help you understand some of...

How teams work

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Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 31 Aug 2012
This unit provides an introduction to working in virtual project teams by explaining terms and concepts related to teams and to projects. The...

Leadership and context

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Masters level Duration 9 hours Updated 10 Jul 2012
This unit introduces you to the potential impact of context and culture, both internal and external, on educational organisations and its...