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Thought Leadership

Learn from the insights of a trusted source.

Our faculty across the university are informed opinion leaders and often the go-to people in their field of expertise. Here, they share their many insights and opinions gleaned from years of research and/or experience in their respective fields in order to further debate, inspire new ideas and help turn these into reality with a view to finding a way forward in meeting the many and diverse challenges of an increasingly uncertain and changing geopolitical and socioeconomic landscape.

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Do you really want a workforce of critical thinkers?

Is having a workforce full of critical thinkers an impossible dream – or a nightmare to be avoided?

21st March 2017
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How to resist the political rise of the global nativist

The rise of the global natives raises a profound challenge to progressives. How to build a mass movement and consciousness that is international, anti-capitalist and post-colonial? Where is the direct response to a right wing global movement whose populism is championing nationalism, corporate power and ethnic division?

1st March 2017
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The learning propositions for millennials

We now have at least four generations in workplace, but do they really want different things from their development?

24th January 2017
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What is HR's role in ethics?

Multiple pressures can lead to undesirable business behaviour, so what can HR do to ensure companies remain ethical?

11th December 2016
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Open University Business School: A year of insight

Download this free ebook featuring a year of insights from The Open University Business School (OUBS). This ebook collates a year of world-class thinking from OUBS, one of HR Magazine's HR Most Influential partners.

30th November 2016
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A better way of doing business: Why it’s time to revisit John Lewis

With poor governance hitting the headlines, it's worth revisiting the John Lewis Partnership for a case study of a different way of doing things.

22nd November 2016

Resources for SMEs: Finance

Dr Jane Hughes, Lecturer in Accounting at The Open University Business School shares insights that will help SMEs grow. In this series of four short videos, Dr Hughes shares her perspective into how cashflow should be managed, why financial forecasting is essential for SMEs, how businesses can cope with economic changes and the different forms of finance available to SMEs.

1st November 2016

Resources for SMEs: Strategy

Professor Thomas Lawton, Professor of Strategy and International Management at The Open University Business School shares insights that will help SMEs grow. In this series of four short videos, Professor Lawton shares his perspective into why having a clear vision is crucial for business growth and the importance of having a business strategy, the key to international success and how business models can adapt to change.

1st November 2016

Closing the skills gap – the recurring challenge

Britain suffers from stubborn skills shortages, which Brexit will only make worse. So how can business, education and government work together to solve things?

25th October 2016
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Private and not-for-profit organisations can learn from public sector leadership

What is happening in public leadership now which might be of interest to leaders everywhere and to HR managers who are tasked with finding or developing them?

26th September 2016

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