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The Bottom Line Expert Opinion: Renewable Energy

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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

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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

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Updated 25 Jan 2016
The Bottom Line returns with a new series from The Open University and the BBC, presented by Evan Davis.

Are businesses just leaping on transgender trends to turn a profit?

Are businesses just leaping on transgender trends to turn a profit? Creative commons image
Updated 25 Nov 2015
When Selfridges is clearing space to make a genderfluid display space, and Will Young is working with trans actors, transgender people might seem...

The Bottom Line: Autumn 2015 - archive

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Updated 12 Nov 2015
The Bottom Line returns with a new series from The Open University and the BBC, presented by Evan Davis.

Power to the People

Power to the People Copyrighted image Copyright: Kelly Machin/ Blast Films
Updated 04 Nov 2015
This three-part OU/BBC series looks at SSE, one of the Big Six energy companies, and how they are battling to keep electricity flowing to our homes...

Are things changing in world rugby?

Are things changing in world rugby? Creative commons image Landrover [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr Creative Commons under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Oct 2015
The Rugby World Cup 2015 - plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose? Kath Woodward discusses the social side of sport.

The five billion dollar franchise: How much will Disney make from Star Wars merchandise

The five billion dollar franchise: How much will Disney make from Star Wars merchandise Copyright free image Copyright free: Bucz
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Sep 2015
The launch of the toys from the forthcoming Star Wars film was an event in its own right. How much money are Disney going to make from all this...

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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...

Environmental factors and organisations

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Environmental factors and organisations Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 6 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
The interactions of business with the non-commercial environment are under increasing scrutiny. This free course, Environmental factors and...

Choosing a human resources consultant

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Choosing a human resources consultant Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 6 hours Updated 14 Jan 2016
Human resources consultancies have become invaluable to businesses looking for improvements and efficiencies in their operations. This free course,...

Strategic view of performance

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Strategic view of performance Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 14 Jan 2016
Strategic management and planning are no longer the preserve of senior executives. This free course, Strategic view of performance, looks at three...

An introduction to business cultures

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An introduction to business cultures Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 14 Jan 2016
Disney and Google are just two companies renowned for their 'business culture'. Have you ever wondered why the company you work for is different...

The business of football

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The business of football
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 08 Dec 2015
Welcome to this free course, The business of football, produced by The Open University working in partnership with The Football League Trust. If...

Company law in context

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Company law in context Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 09 Dec 2014
The legal issues involved in setting up and running a business can be complex and confusing, especially when some of the terms used don't seem to...

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 free course, Rural...

Rural entrepreneurship in Scotland

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Rural entrepreneurship in Scotland
Introductory level Duration 30 hours Updated 26 Feb 2014
This free course, Rural entrepreneurship in Scotland, is an introduction to rural enterprise in Scotland. It is principally designed for those...

Finding information in business and management

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Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 08 Jul 2013
This free course, Finding information in business and management, will help you to identify and use information in business and management, whether...

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Foundation Degree in Financial Services

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Foundation Degree in Financial Services Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 09 Feb 2016
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...

Certificate in Promoting Public Health

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Certificate in Promoting Public Health Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 09 Feb 2016
Public health is everyone’s business and the contribution of local authorities, education, social care, families, police, prisons, business and...

Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services

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Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 09 Feb 2016
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...

CertHE in Business Management (Sport and Football)

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CertHE in Business Management (Sport and Football) Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 09 Feb 2016
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 Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 09 Feb 2016
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 Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 09 Feb 2016
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 Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 09 Feb 2016
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 Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 09 Feb 2016
This Professional Certificate in Accounting is ideal if you want a route into the accountancy profession, or if you need fundamental accounting...

Diploma of Higher Education in Computing and IT

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Diploma of Higher Education in Computing and IT Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 09 Feb 2016
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 Computing&IT&Second Subject

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Diploma of Higher Education in Computing&IT&Second Subject Creative commons image Sam I Are under CC-BY-NC-SA under Creative-Commons license
Duration 2400 hours Updated 09 Feb 2016
Computing and IT skills are hugely valued in the modern workplace; studied together with a second complementary subject they can give you an...