Imagine you could compare the performance of private, public and non-profit providers in fields where they are all competing together – such as hospitals, nursery provision, schools, and residential care for the elderly. What would the results show? Who is best at running human service organisations? The answer is… none of the above!
Leadership is widely regarded as important and, if you want to develop a career in any organisation, you will certainly be expected to develop and demonstrate leadership skills. Unfortunately, there is much less unanimity about what constitutes good leadership, although many have tried to answer this important question.
Increasingly leaders need to deal with and manage a range of stakeholders with diverse goals, values and priorities; political astuteness, aka understanding the lay of the land and using it to your advantage, is a valuable tool in influencing and engaging stakeholders. It also helps leaders to understand others and achieve organisational outcomes.
Around the world, governments are predicting serious employment challenges relating to a pending shortage of key skills. What can be done to address this and how does it impact on HR, L&D departments and the companies and institutions that design and deliver development programmes for them?
The OU’s MBA Business Case Builder has won two industry awards: Gold in the annual Heist Awards in the category of ‘Best use of innovation and creative thinking’ and Silver in the CASE Circle of Excellence Awards in the category of ‘Individual sub-websites’.
This new course provides examples of the technologies and how they can help to democratise finance and promote social inclusion, ultimately contributing to the future sustainability of financial services.
The BBC has launched an interactive test to shed light on people’s relationship with money. The test is based on a scientific survey of more than 100,000 people, which looked at their attitudes to money and what financial consequences this could have.