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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?

What are Mintzberg’s five components of an organisation? The one-minute guide

What are Mintzberg’s five components of an organisation? The one-minute guide Copyright free image Copyright free: helpsg
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Mar 2016
Writing in 1979, Henry Mintzberg identified five components to answer the question 'what is an organisation'?.

What is ROWE - and does it deliver results?

What is ROWE - and does it deliver results? Copyright free image Copyright free: 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?

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 Oxfam at the UN Millennium Development Goals Summit / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 under Creative-Commons license
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 Copyright: 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 Copyright: 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?

Rewarding failure

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Introductory level Updated 29 Apr 2013
When bankers get a hundred times more than the average private sector worker’s pension, what kind of signal does that send? 

Systems explained: Sir Geoffrey Vickers

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Systems explained: Sir Geoffrey Vickers Copyrighted image Copyright: OU
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 12 Nov 2012
One of the pioneers of systems thinkiing shares his vision.

Business Thinkers

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Business Thinkers
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Oct 2012
Join the dots of the business world to discover how influential thinkers in business are connected with our Business Thinkers interactive 

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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,...

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...

Facilitating group discussions

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Introductory level Duration 2 hours Updated 29 Feb 2016
Gain an insight into facilitating meetings and discussions in the workplace. In this free course, Facilitating group discussions, you will look at...

Marketing in the 21st Century

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Advanced level Duration 6 hours Updated 18 Jan 2016
This free course, Marketing in the 21st century, offers a managerial perspective on how to deliver more effective marketing in an organisation,...