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Realise your full potential, wherever you are. From MBAs to introduction to financial services, the Open University Business School has it covered.Read moreFind out what the OU Business School can do for you
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How do businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? What’s involved in functions such as marketing, accounting and finance? This innovative degree is firmly rooted in your own experience.Read moreBA (Honours) Business Management
This key introductory OU level 1 module provides an accessible and comprehensive introduction to business and management in a globalised world.Read moreAn introduction to business and management
Business has undergone seismic changes over the past decade; do the rules of business need to be re-written? If so, who should write them and what should they say?
Evan Davis and guests discuss.
Ian Taylor, Chairman, Vitol
Dame Helena Morrissey, Head of Personal Investing, Legal & General Investment Management
Wendy Tan White, Partner, BGF Ventures
Mike Glover, Arup Fellow
Louise Hardy, Civil Engineer, Non-Executive Director Sirius Minerals and Ebbsfleet Development Corporation
Katy Toms, Senior Engineer, WSP Engineering Consultancy
No supply chain is immune from disruption and shocks. From extreme weather to strikes and cyber crime, what causes a supply chain to fail? Join Evan Davis and guests.
Tim O'Malley, Managing Director of Nationwide Produce
Richard Oldroyd, Regional Managing Director of Persimmon Homes
Liam Fassam, Associate Professor of Supply Chain Geography and Research Director at the University of Northampton
Plastic is arguably one of the world's greatest inventions. Its' qualities allow it to be used in everything from food packaging to clothes and cars. But discarded plastic clogs up our rivers and oceans threatening marine life creating a consumer backlash. So what can the industry do to restore its reputation and how? Evan Davis and guests discuss.
Lubna Edwards, Global Sustainability Director, Klockner Pentaplast
Roger Baynham, Managing Director, Philip Tyler Polymers and Chair of the Recycling Group, British Plastics Federation
Adrian Griffiths, CEO and Founder, Recycling Technologies.
Twenty years ago, US business writers Joe Pine and Jim Gilmore came up with the term ‘the experience economy.’ For firms to thrive, they argue, they must offer memorable experiences as well as good quality services. This idea that people want to spend money on services that will create memories - rather than buying more items - is fervently believed by marketing departments, who dream up ever more exotic happenings to persuade us to buy. But can you really measure the economic success of the experience economy? Consumers might after all just really like a product or service without the need for all the marketing bells and whistles.
Nick Johnson, Market Operations. He and his team revitalised a market area in Altrincham by recruiting the best local chefs using local produce. It helped attract more visitors to the struggling town.
Myf Ryan, Chief Marketing Officer Europe and Group Director of Brand and Strategic Marketing at Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield.
Tristram Mayhew, Co-founder and chairman of Go Ape.
This edition looks at the business of agents. What exactly do they do and are they adding value to their clients' careers? Evan Davis discusses their role with three agents from the worlds of show business, football and books.
Professor Jonathan Shalit, Chairman, Roar Global
Anna Davis, Literary Agent. Founder and Creator of Curtis Brown Creative Writing course. Curtis Brown Group
James Featherstone, Founder and Owner, OmniSports
There has been an explosion in the number of craft ale breweries and small-scale gin distilleries in recent years. The so-called super premium alcohol sector is growing. Why are these drinks popular among consumers? Is this a passing fad or is the drinks business facing fundamental change? Evan Davis and guests discuss.
Tina Warner-Keogh, partner and co-owner of Warner Edwards Gin Distillery.
Laura Edwards, general manager at Meantime Brewing Company.
Andrew Geoghegan, global consumer planning director at Diageo.
Has the #MeToo movement made businesses change the way they deal with sexual harassment and gender equality claims in the workplace? Does the law around non-disclosure agreements - often used to hush up this kind of behaviour - need to be changed? Evan Davis and guests discuss.
Samantha Mangwana, Employment Lawyer, Partner, CM Murray
Zelda Perkins, Campaigner and Theatrical Producer
Octavius Black, CEO and Co-founder, TheMindGym
Should companies be cautious when embracing new technologies for fear of displacing their employees?Watch now ❯Will artificial intelligence put us out of work?
Researchers have developed a new battery to enable user generated renewable power to be stored cheaply and safely, reports Tim Radford from the Climate News Network.Read now ❯Safer battery could spark investment in renewables
Studies of inclusion and diversity in the workplace have become more important than ever.Read now ❯Diversity, migrant entrepreneurship and socio-economic inclusion
How do businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? What’s involved in functions such as marketing, accounting and finance? This innovative degree is firmly rooted in your own experience.Read more ❯BA (Honours) Business Management
This module explores the choices organisations make about employment relations strategies and the associated impacts on employee engagement. It provides an understanding of different employment relations perspectives, theories and debates as well as the national and international contexts of employment relations. Throughout the module the roles of employee participation and voice as crucial processes underlying employee engagement are critically examined. Other areas covered include managing diversity, communication, change management, and the management of conflict associated with grievance, discipline and dismissal.Learn more ❯Employment relations and employee engagement
In this free course, Products, services and branding, you will find out about how organisations manage their products and services. This will include learning about how new products are developed and how the existing portfolio of offerings is managed. The particular characteristics of service products will be explained so that you can understand the impact that these features have on how services are managed.Learn more ❯Products, services and branding
A small grocery store run by one person and perhaps their family must pose quite different challenges from a multinational corporation with operations in many different countries. This free course introduces different types of business, depending on industry sector, size and type of ownership and discusses some of the ways in which businesses differ from each other.Learn more ❯Different types of business
This free course, Retail marketing, explores how retailers use marketing to communicate with their customers, considering definitions of retailing and consumers, the basics of communications, before moving on to look at different forms of marketing communications and advertising used by retailers.Learn more ❯Retail marketing
Terry O’Sullivan is a Senior Lecturer in Management at The Open University Business School where he researches and teaches in the fields of social and arts marketing. He is the joint author of Creative Arts Marketing, a guide to applying marketing practice in the cultural industries, which is popular with practitioners and students alike. Its third edition is now available. Terry's published research includes articles on marketing to promote pro-environmental behaviour in organisations, and the enhancement of audience experience at live arts events.
Liz Moody has an MBA from Strathclyde Graduate Business School and additional postgraduate qualifications gained through distance learning in marketing from the CIM, IDM and the British Management Institute as a management coach. Her undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Education and she has 20 years’ experience as a manager on which she has built her consultancy knowledge.