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The Bottom Line - Wearable technology

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Oct 2014
Evan Davis and guests discuss investments in wearable tech - will they go mainstream or are gadgets only for geeks?

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 New content
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 Bottom Line - Flash sales

The Bottom Line - Flash sales Creative commons image Credit: Tim Parkinson under CC-BY-2.0 licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Oct 2014
The growth of online flash sale companies is discussed by Evan Davis and three entrepeneurs from this sector. 

The Bottom Line - TripAdvisor etc

The Bottom Line - TripAdvisor etc Creative commons image Credit: Amy Wardlaw under CC-BY-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Oct 2014
Evan Davis and guests discuss online review companies, monitoring of posts and the genuineness of the ratings. 

The Bottom Line - Celebrities and fans

The Bottom Line - Celebrities and fans Creative commons image Credit: Rosaura Ochoa under CC-BY-2.0 licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Oct 2014
Evan Davis hears how companies use celebrities and vloggers to raise awareness for their brands on social media. 

The Bottom Line - The saviour returns

The Bottom Line - The saviour returns Creative commons image Credit: Shannon Fagan (Xixinxing) | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Sep 2014
Four bosses tell Evan Davis why they returned and took charge of companies they previously founded and left. 

The Bottom Line - The Summer 2014 series

The Bottom Line - The Summer 2014 series Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Updated 29 Sep 2014
Catch up with the episodes from the Summer 2014 series of The Bottom Line.

Stefan Szymanski on the business of football

Stefan Szymanski on the business of football Creative commons image Credit: AtomicShed under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
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...

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The business of football

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The business of football
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 17 Sep 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 Oct 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 Oct 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 Oct 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 Oct 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 Oct 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 Oct 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 Oct 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 Oct 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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Duration 2400 hours Updated 31 Oct 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 Oct 2014
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...