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Stefan Szymanski on the business of football

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Updated 11 Apr 2014
When it comes to the business of football, you get what you pay for. Stefan Szymanski provides an insight into the professional side of the...

Episode three: Amazon’s Retail Revolution

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Updated 03 Apr 2014
This programme follows the fortunes of the ultimate online retail success story: Amazon.

Episode two: Real Storage Wars

Episode two: Real Storage Wars Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Updated 02 Apr 2014
This is the story of how a multi-million pound industry was created to profit from our hoarding habits.

Episode one: Coffee Shop Hot Shots

Episode one: Coffee Shop Hot Shots Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Updated 01 Apr 2014
Just how did we became so obsessed with coffee shops and how do the brands battle for our custom?

OU on the BBC: Business Boomers

OU on the BBC: Business Boomers Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Updated 01 Apr 2014
Join us for this four-part series on businesses that have boomed despite tough economic times.

The Bottom Line - Transformation

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Updated 06 Mar 2014
Businesses which have turned around - and how do you stop the 180 degree turn from being a 360?

Creative Futures

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Creative Futures Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 30 mins Updated 17 Feb 2014
Is creativity a mindset or can it be developed? How much influence does organisational culture have on creativity in the workplace? And is there...

Unlikely Leaders

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Unlikely Leaders Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 29 Nov 2013
What do you imagine when you think of a leader? Is the customary vision of the powerful politician or business leader still entirely relevant today...

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The business of football

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The business of football
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 09 Jul 2014
Welcome to this free new OpenLearn course produced by The Open University working in partnership with The Football League Trust. If you are...

Rural entrepreneurship in Wales

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Rural entrepreneurship in Wales
Introductory level Duration 30 hours Updated 09 Apr 2014
What are the important issues to consider when starting up or running a small business in a rural environment? This study unit will introduce you...

Rural entrepreneurship in Scotland

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Rural entrepreneurship in Scotland
Introductory level Duration 30 hours Updated 17 Jan 2014
This unit is an introduction to rural enterprise in Scotland. It is principally designed for those developing their own enterprises and also as a...

Finding information in business and management

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Finding information in business and management Creative commons image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 26 Nov 2013
This unit will help you to identify and use information in business and management, whether for your work, study or personal purposes. Experiment...

Environmental factors and organisations

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Environmental factors and organisations Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Masters level Duration 6 hours Updated 19 Jul 2012
The interactions of business with the non-commercial enviromnent are under increasing scrutiny. This unit looks at the relationships between...

Choosing a human resources consultant

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Choosing a human resources consultant Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Masters level Duration 6 hours Updated 19 Jul 2012
Human resources consultancies have become invaluable to businesses looking for improvements and efficiencies in their operations. This unit...

International Management

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International Management Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2012
Introductory level Duration 45 mins Updated 24 May 2012
How should you address the President of a French Company? Should you reward workers in Turkey by giving them envelopes full of money? Why are so...

Operations, technology and stakeholder value

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Operations, technology and stakeholder value Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Masters level Duration 40 hours Updated 28 Jul 2011
The management of processes or operations is the very essence of any kind of business enterprise, and it is critically important that they are...

Business English: Making decisions

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Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 27 Jul 2011
Do you want to relocate to the UK? This unit will help you with the language difficulties that can arise while providing assistance with the...

Business English: Presenting the decision

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Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 27 Jul 2011
Do you want to relocate to the UK? This unit will help you with the language difficulties that can arise while providing assistance with the...

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Certificate in Promoting Public Health

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Certificate in Promoting Public Health Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 31 Aug 2014
Public health is everyone’s business and the contribution of local authorities, education, social care, families, police, prisons, business and...

CertHE in Business Management (Sport and Football)

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CertHE in Business Management (Sport and Football) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 31 Aug 2014
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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BA (Honours)  Business Management (Sport and Football) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 31 Aug 2014
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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Dip HE in Business Management (Sport and Football) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 31 Aug 2014
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 Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 31 Aug 2014
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 Accounting

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Professional Certificate in Accounting Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 31 Aug 2014
This Professional Certificate in Accounting is ideal if you want a route into the accountancy profession, or if you need fundamental accounting...

Foundation Degree in Financial Services

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Foundation Degree in Financial Services Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 31 Aug 2014
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...

Diploma of Higher Education in Retail Management

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Diploma of Higher Education in Retail Management Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 31 Aug 2014
Retail is a dynamic, global industry – with innovative new markets constantly emerging to keep pace with increasingly sophisticated consumer...

Diploma of Higher Education in Computing and IT

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Diploma of Higher Education in Computing and IT Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 31 Aug 2014
In the twenty-first century technology dominates the way we live, work, socialise and play – and computing and IT skills are increasingly essential...

Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services

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Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 31 Aug 2014
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...