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Giving SMEs the tools they need to grow greener

How can governments, and other agencies, ensure that such a large and diverse population of organisations can become more sustainable? Professor Richard Blundel and his colleagues have drawn on cross-disciplinary research insights to create new tools and techniques that will enable SMEs to ‘grow greener’.

10th September 2021
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Domestic homicides remain stable during lockdown but still an enduring problem says new report commissioned by police

Domestic homicides remain an ‘entrenched and enduring problem’ despite figures remaining relatively stable during lockdown, a new report drawing on research by an OU academic and commissioned by police has found.

26th August 2021

Business School’s triple accreditation status confirmed for another three years

The Business School has retained its coveted ‘triple crown’ status until 2024 following an unprecedented period of activity and a bumper year of virtual reaccreditation visits.

13th August 2021
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After redundancy, I’m shaping my future with the OU and GO Wales

Not wanting to put her life on hold to gain her qualifications, Candace Louison began studying Business Management (Marketing) with The Open University in Wales. It’s given her the ultimate flexibility – and meant she was ready to take on a new OU internship opportunity when the COVID-19 pandemic unexpectedly changed her plans.

9th August 2021
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Sustainable Leadership: How to put people at the heart of the green economy

How do you build a business that is positive for people, the planet, society and the economy? Maria Chenoweth, OU MBA alumna and Chief Executive of second-hand clothing charity TRAID, offers her top tips.

30th July 2021

Resetting capitalism: How organisations can work for progress, people and planet

Capitalism as we know it is unsustainable. It is financially unstable, bad for the environment and politically unpopular. An increasing number of voices, including some of the world's most powerful leaders, are calling for business and society to align their mission, vision and rewards for the common good. How can organisations step up and play their part in this transformation? 

29th July 2021

New whitepaper: Management readiness in 2021: Leaving no stone unturned

The pandemic has accelerated a shift from task-focused management towards more human qualities, such as ensuring employee wellbeing and engagement. But how can we equip the next generation of managers to deal with the changing demands they face? And where can formal management training help?

28th July 2021
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10,000th MBA graduate reflects on the last two decades

With more than 27,300 OU MBA alumni worldwide and rising, Des Bourne fondly remembers being named as our 10,000th MBA graduate 20 years ago.

22nd July 2021

Innovation adopted during COVID-19 is now “business as usual” according to OU research

The Leading school learning through COVID-19 and beyond project, led by Dr Jacqueline Baxter, together with Dr Katharine Jewitt and University of Reading colleague Professor Alan Floyd, are investigating online learning and strategic planning through, and post, lockdown in English secondary schools.

21st July 2021

Well done to aspiring academic

Congratulations to Open University Business School PhD graduate Nicola Croxton who passed her PhD viva on 13 October 2020.

12th July 2021

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