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The Bottom Line: Summer 2015

Evan Davis gets to the heart of the big finance stories - by talking to the people who take the decisions that touch all our lives.

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Note: This series has now ended. Why not try The Bottom Line: Autumn 2015 series page?

The BBC and The Open University come together to bring Evan Davis and his CEO experts into your living room.

Each week in this long-running series, Evan invites three people from the top of the world of business to share their insights on a range of subjects facing businesses nationally and globally.

Here on OpenLearn, get extra insight and go beyond the headlines with experts from The Open University Business School and exclusive extended interviews with some of the guests.

You can also select episodes from the current series below and then try some of our FREE courses, activities, podcasts and articles that complement the topics discussed in each episode. 

If you like what you see and want to take it further, then you may like to look at our range of business courses, modules and degrees available with The Open University.

For full details of upcoming broadcasts, and links to listen or watch again, visit the BBC website.

Catch up with the Spring 2015 series or take a look at a list of episodes from the Autumn 2014 series the Summer 2014 series and the Spring 2014 series.

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The Bottom Line - Productivity

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Evan Davis begins a new series of The Bottom Line by looking at the productivity problem. The programme asks what productivity really means and how different sectors go about measuring it.

Evan hears from three chief executives in three different sectors: manufacturing; advertising and health. How can productivity be measured and improved in these diverse sectors? How, for example, should the productivity of a doctor or nurse be measured?


  • Dame Julie Moore, Chief Executive of University Hospitals Birmingham 
  • Brian Holliday Divisional Director, Siemens Industry Automation
  • James Murphy, Founder and Chief Executive of Adam and Eve DDB Advertising

This edition of The Bottom Line is first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Thursday 28th May 2015. For further details, and to listen online where available, please visit the BBC website.

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Episodes in this series

Episode Description
The Bottom Line - Supermarkets Evan Davis and guests discuss who are the long-term winners in the supermarkets' battle to gain market share. Read more
The Bottom Line - Entrepreneurs and Education Three business leaders and Evan Davis explore whether the skills to be an entrepreneur can be taught in the classroom... Read more
The Bottom Line - Newspapers - to pay or not to pay? Evan Davis and guests discuss how newspapers should adapt to the challenges of digital technologies and whether to... Read more
The Bottom Line - Burger Battles This episode of OU/BBC's The Bottom Line focuses on the rapidly-growing burger market. Read more
The Bottom Line - Angel Investors This episode of OU/BBC's The Bottom Line focuses on investors backing start-up businesses. Read more
The Bottom Line - Outsourcing This episode of The Bottom Line looks at the pros and cons of outsourcing. Read more
The Bottom Line - Corruption In light of the latest FIFA scandal, Evan Davis and guests discuss corruption on this episode of The Bottom Line. Read more
The Bottom Line - Failure This week on The Bottom Line, Evan Davis and guests ponder business failure and how companies bounce back. Read more
The Bottom Line - Productivity The Bottom Line returns with Evan Davis and guests discussing the poor productivity problem in the UK. Read more


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