This online course is ideal preparation for students thinking of studying business, management, economics, and related subjects at university, exploring a range of academic theory and practical methods.
Are you interested in a career in business and management, and keen to know more about what it takes to be a businessman or businesswoman in the 21st century? Perhaps you want to work for a major company, one of the ‘big four’, or are looking to start your own entrepreneurial business? Or are you looking to undertake further studies of business and management as an academic discipline at university and beyond? If any of these questions applies to you, then this course is the ideal starting point to your studies and career in business, offering a mix of practical advice and academic theory that offers a firm foundation from which to undertake further research.
The course begins by looking at the fundamental elements that govern all sustainable businesses – the need to reach the ‘break even’ point and to generate profit – before moving on to consider different types of business structure. Tutorial 2 takes these principles further, exploring the concept of the ‘global village’ and how businesses have been affected by – and affect – the world in which we now live, and questioning what businesses must do in order to survive in this competitive, global environment. Tutorial 3 turns to management theory, outlining and scrutinising the views of major management theorists from the 1850s to the present day, and exploring whether or not these are still relevant to the modern business environment. And tutorial 4 offers more practical advice for those thinking of undertaking studies or careers in business at a higher level.
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This tutorial outlines the fundamental goals that a business must achieve in order to sustain itself. It also looks closely at business structures, exploring different hierarchical structures and how these may be more appropriate to different types of business, and also outlining the roles and responsibilities of internal departments that exist within a typical business.
The past century has seen swift evolution in the way different nations co-exist, and business has had to remain at the forefront of this fast-evolving world. This tutorial explores what businesses need to do in order to compete in the global marketplace, looking at topics such as corporate social responsibility, business strategy, and mission statements.
In this tutorial we look at the roots of management theory, journeying all the way back in time to Sun Tzu’s comments on leadership in his treatise ‘The Art of War’. We then explore the key management theorists of the 19th and 20th centuries, before focusing on modern management theory and in particular the work of Peter Drucker.
This final tutorial looks to the future, asking students to question what the role of the manager will be in 10, 20, or 100 years’ time. Automation in the workplace means that a manager’s role is changing, and businesses must keep up with the latest technology to survive. This tutorial also offers applications career and applications advice for those interested in pursuing business and management further.
|Course Pre-requisites||Advanced level of English InterestMotivation to learn about the world of business!|
|Course Level||For students applying to/thinking of applying to university to study business, management and related subjects|
|Prior Knowledge||No prior knowledge is required to take this course, just enthusiasm for the subject.|
|Workload||4-6 hours (further independent study is encouraged)|