Video highlights from our masterclass – Disruptive Technologies and Intelligence: Business Opportunity or Threat? Reply

During our masterclass in Hemel Hempstead on 11 October, Penny Asher, Director, Executive Education at OUBS hosted David Mudd of BSI and Dr Peter Bloom of OUBS at this event to explore the challenges of working smart with disruptive technologies and intelligence.

Dr Bloom’s presentation asked “Are you ready for the fourth industrial revolution and should you be?” and discussed issues such as whether we are heading for a utopian or dystopian future workplace, considering new ways of working, planning for the future today, and highlighting that the future is not inevitable.

David Mudd’s presentation explored the “Internet of Things: What does it mean for business today?” David addressed issues including Reward vs. Risk, IoT security, why people matter most and why your organisation shouldn’t rush into joining the new revolution.

Video highlights are available:

Are you ready for the fourth industrial revolution and should you be?

Dr Peter Bloom, Senior Lecturer in Organisational Studies, The Open University Business School

The Internet of Things (IoT): What does it mean for businesses today? The rewards and the risks

David Mudd, British Standards Institution (BSI), IoT Business Development Director

Disruptive Technologies and Intelligence: Business Opportunity or Threat? Reply

Join us for an exclusive joint event with BSI (British Standards Institution), on Wednesday 11 October, 12.00 – 17.10, where we will explore the challenges of working smart with disruptive technologies and intelligence.

In this masterclass, Dr Peter Bloom will share insights into his new innovative Research into Employment, Empowerment and Futures group (REEF) – the first of its kind in the world to focus on the future of empowerment in the age of robotics. Peter will ask how can the rapid technological advances in computing, robotics and communications that are revolutionising work and life, be empowering, rather than dis-empowering, for people and organisations?

BSI, Internet of Things (IoT) Business Development Director, David Mudd, will share his knowledge and perspective on the rapid technological advances in IoT devices and how IoT technology can transform businesses, in terms of organisational performance and customer experience; also the pitfalls, from minor operational inconveniences to huge potential liabilities and brand damage, and how to avoid them.

Places are limited. To book and for further information, please visit The Open University Business School website.

Better Governance. Better Consequence – webinar recording Reply

Our Business Perspectives webinar on ‘Better Governance. Better Consequence’ took place on Wednesday 15 March 2017. If you missed the webinar or want to watch it again, it is now available to view on demand.

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During our webinar we used sport as a metaphor to explore governance. We explored multiple facets of governance and how, in an ever changing world, sport and business have similar qualities. We also explained how lessons from sport may be applied across business. The webinar also included video highlights from our masterclass in London on 23 February.

Professor Simon Lee, Professor of Law and Director of the Citizenship and Governance Strategic Research Area at The Open University joined as our speaker. The webinar was facilitated by Peter Wainwright, MBA alumnus and Consultant at Askyra Ltd.

You can also share your views and comments about the event or topic by following us on Twitter @OUBSchool, using #OU_BP

Video highlights from our masterclass on Better Governance. Better Consequence. Reply

During our masterclass in London on 23 February, Professor Simon Lee, Professor of Law at The Open University (OU), explored the links between governance and sport. Professor Simon Lee made the case that governance isn’t about being the referee, it’s about being the goalkeeper. Being able to take a step back from the central action allows businesses to anticipate potential risks and make a strategic plan.

Professor Lee used examples from the sport and business worlds to explain how:

  • Governance is an attitude of mind rather than a particular process;
  • Trust and responsibility are key to corporate governance success;
  • Anticipating change and making appropriate adaptations will stand businesses in better stead;
  • It is important to account for the fact there will always be situations businesses cannot plan for.

During the masterclass, Professor Lee was joined by Pete Winkelman, Chairman of MK Dons FC, who spoke about regulation in football, and Etienne Stott MBE, Olympic Gold Medallist (Canoe Slalom) from London 2012, who showed how the governance of his sport created the structure for success. Video highlights are available:

Regulation in Sport – Time and Money

Pete Winkelman – Chairman, MK Dons FC

Governance in the Goldilocks Zone: Structure of Success (Part 2)*

Etienne Stott MBE – Olympic Gold Medallist (Canoe Slalom), London 2012

*Part 1 of this video is available via our online webinar.

Further video highlights are available from:

  • Professor Simon Lee, Professor of Law and Director of the Citizenship and Governance Strategic Research Area at The Open University focusing on governance and current affairs;
  • Etienne Stott MBE, London 2012 Olympic Gold Medallist (Canoe Slalom) looks at the governance choices of his sport in nurturing athletes.

You can watch more videos on our one-hour webinar, which takes place on 15 March 2017, by registering online.

Webinar: Better Governance. Better Consequence – 15 March Reply

The complimentary webinar, from The Open University Business School, will use sport as a metaphor to explore governance. The one-hour online webinar will take place on Wednesday 15 March at 7pm (GMT).

During the webinar, we’ll explore multiple facets of governance and how, in an ever changing world, sport and business have similar qualities. We will also explain how lessons from sport may be applied across business.

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The webinar will include video highlights from our masterclass in London on 23 February. We’ll draw on the contributions from our masterclass and further develop these discussion points during the webinar, and we invite you to contribute via our live online polls and Q&A forums.

Webinar panellists include Professor Simon Lee, Professor of Law and Director of the Citizenship and Governance Strategic Research Area at The Open University. The webinar will be facilitated by Peter Wainwright, MBA alumnus and consultant at Askyra Ltd.

For further information, please visit our website.

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Our Business Perspectives masterclass will take place on Thursday 23 February 2017 at 12:00 – 17:00 in London. Join Professor Simon Lee, Professor of Law and Director of the Citizenship and Governance Strategic Research Centre at The Open University and other leading experts, who will use sport as a metaphor to explore governance.

In this masterclass, Professor Simon Lee will base his presentation on latest current affairs in the sporting world. We will explore multiple facets of governance and how, in an ever changing world, sport and business have similar qualities. Professor Lee will also explain how lessons from sport may be applied across business.

In this session, you will broaden your knowledge on governance rules, structure and regulations, which may help you and your organisation improve ways of working.

Places are limited. To book and for further information, please visit The Open University Business School website.

Business Legitimacy – Staying on the “right” side of public opinion – and how to avoid controversy Reply

Radisson Blu Hotel, 301 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8DL
Wednesday 8 February 2017, 16:30-19:30 

The Open University in Scotland and Scottish Water are delighted to invite you to the twilight seminarBusiness Legitimacy – Staying on the “right” side of public opinion – and how to avoid controversy.

This free event will be of particular interest to those in middle or senior leadership positions, in the public or private sectors, with an interest in influencing and maintaining internal and external, credible relationships.

Ever questioned what makes your business legitimate, or thought about how you navigate your business through challenges when its legitimacy is questioned? Want to stay on the “right” side of public opinion when facing adversity?

This highly thought provoking seminar will enable you to reflect on those complex questions in your own work environment and to share with others who have wrestled with the same dilemmas.

For more information, including details on how to register, please visit The Open University Business School website.

Strategy Matters in Turbulent Times: Think Big Data. Think Business Models Reply

Our Business Perspectives masterclass will take place in London on 21 September, led by Professor Thomas Lawton, Professor of Strategy and International Management at The Open University Business School (OUBS). Professor Lawton is a published author on international business and strategic management and has spent twenty years advising leaders, managers and entrepreneurs on business development and market growth.

Guest speakers include:

  • Antoine Boatwright, CTO, Hillgate Travel
  • Patrick Callinan, Global Head of Data and Analytics at Added Value (a Kantar/WPP Plc company)
  • Hilary Collins, Lecturer in Management, OUBS

A symbiotic relationship exists at the heart of successful strategy between what the customer wants and what the company can deliver. In this masterclass we’ll explore:

  • What are the critical components to design and deliver an innovative, effective business model?
  • How do you render a growth-oriented business model robust enough to deal with today’s unpredictable world?
  • How can you factor in global disruptions driven by digitalisation, big data and geopolitical risk?

We’ll also look at the latest thinking and frameworks to better enable growth oriented business strategies that are adaptable and responsive to technological change.

Places are limited. For more information and to register, visit our website.

Webinar: Staying on the “right” side of public opinion… and how to avoid controversy Reply

During our webinar, we explored issues of legitimacy in an organisational context and shared insight into the pharmaceutical industry, as a real life example of why legitimacy is so important for businesses.

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Our webinar panellists included Dr Björn Claes, Senior Lecturer in Operations Management at the OU Business School and Sonia Siraz, International Fellow at the OU Business School. The webinar was facilitated by Peter Wainwright, OU MBA alumnus and Business Consultant at Askyra Ltd.

Please share your views and comments about our business legitimacy event or topic by following us on Twitter @OUBSchool  #OU_BP

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You are invited to join the latest Business Perspectives ‘Business Legitimacy’ roadshows entitled ‘Staying on the “right” side of public opinion… and how to avoid controversy’; commencing at 18:00 until 20:15 with networking drinks and canapés reception afterwards on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 11 May 2016 in Dublin at Croke Park Conference Centre
  • Thursday 19 May 2016 in Munich at The Hilton Park
  • Thursday 26 May 2016 in Manchester at The Hilton Deansgate

We are especially delighted to announce Dr Björn Claes, Senior Lecturer in Operations Management at The Open University Business School (OUBS) will lead a highly interactive workshop to engage and debate.

Keynote guest speakers will be:

  • Dublin – Marc Sweeney, Thorntons & Partners Director, Thorntons Group
  • Munich – Andreas Klugescheid, Head of Steering and CSR, BMW
  • Manchester – Lucy Hinds, Head of Facilities, Covance

Facilitators will be:

  • Dublin – John Darcy, National Director, The Open University in Ireland
  • Munich – Paul Heardman, Consul General Munich, British Council
  • Manchester – Jim Yates, Director Fulcrum Management Limited

In the interactive workshop we will explore the issues of legitimacy in the organisational environment and activities will include:

  • Identify legitimators as evaluator
  • Identify legitimators as evaluees
  • Devise legitimation strategy from differing perspectives

During the event we will also cover maintaining legitimacy through CSR strategies.

To book and for further information, please visit our event website pages for Dublin, Munich, Manchester. Please note, places are limited.