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Why leaders need to be systems thinkers

Systems thinking is a highly effective approach to managing organisations.To get the complete picture, leaders need an in-depth knowledge of the entire organisation, its various moving parts, and how each component impacts upon the rest. But there’s more to systems thinking than that.

11th January 2016

OU research could slash energy bills in Milton Keynes

The OU is developing the UK’s first community based website that will allow people in Milton Keynes to have greater control of their energy needs. Through the use of interactive data analytics and information from local energy suppliers, individuals or groups can more effectively use the resources available.

7th January 2016

Two-thirds of UK employees have never received any financial education

64% of UK employees have never received any personal finance education, according to research commissioned on behalf of the OUBS and Share Radio.

9th December 2015

The Open University 2016 Entrepreneurship Competition

The OU has launched the 2016 Entrepreneurship Competition. The competition will help students and recent graduates take their business ideas forward by securing cash prizes to invest in their ventures.

8th December 2015

OUBS shortlisted for Association of MBAs Innovation Award

The Open University Business School has been shortlisted for the Association of MBAs Innovation Award which recognises new practices, risks and creativity initiated around AMBA-accredited programmes.

30th November 2015

How much of the new state pension will you get?

The True Potential Centre for the Public Understanding of Finance, has found that many consumers are confused by their likely pension entitlements.

25th November 2015

Socialism is not a dirty word: Bernie Sanders really is changing US democracy

The irascible, unassuming junior senator from Vermont is riding high – and the effect could echo for years to come.

21st November 2015

More women on company boards, but what about the public sector?

If the FTSE 100 can do it, then the public sector can also wake up to the benefits of female representation.

13th November 2015

HR needs to listen well and talk louder

Has the HR function changed? The HR professionals I talk to, and perhaps most importantly, the students working towards a career in HR, still seem to struggle with a ‘caught in the middle’ positioning between employees and employers. 

28th October 2015

Financial Education for employees? The business benefits of good citizenship

Research undertaken by Secondsight (1) found that 67% of the working population receive no financial education from their employers. Only 20% of employees had a coherent financial plan. Clearly there is a financial education gap that needs filling – but why should this be the responsibility of employers and their HR functions?

28th October 2015

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