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Skip to 0 minutes and 17 seconds DOUGLAS MACBETH: We’ve covered a lot of material in this course. You’ve had the opportunity to interact with people from around the world. We’re progressing this discussion all the time. So please take what you’ve learned from this course, build on it, build on the networks that you’ve started to create, use these people as resources to share your ideas and your thinking in the future. This is not the end of a process. This is the beginning of one that could be very significant to you and your organisations. Thanks very much.

Skip to 0 minutes and 54 seconds TIM CUMMINS: Well, I think the point you’re making is a very important and powerful one. I think the environment of change that we’ve been discussing over these three weeks is going to happen. For all of us, it’s an opportunity. And for those, certainly, who are with us in this final phase as you rightly say, don’t think of this as an end, think of it as a beginning. It’s an opportunity for you to actually be an ambassador, an advocate for change within your organisation.

Skip to 1 minute and 26 seconds To really prosper, I suppose, through improvements in the way that contracting and commercial activity is undertaken to assist with the driving of better results and the rewards that brings everybody, not just in terms of financial reward, but also opportunities and possibilities of interesting and demanding career paths in this and related areas.

Skip to 1 minute and 49 seconds DOUGLAS MACBETH: So thank you again for all of your interactions with the rest of us. And it’s been fun. And I hope you enjoy the future as much as we think we’ll enjoy ours.

Skip to 2 minutes and 2 seconds TIM CUMMINS: And from me too. I think we’ve covered a tremendous amount of ground, and I hope it’s inspired you to look at things and think about things in a slightly different way. Thank you so much for being with us and for all of the interactions you’ve offered and the great ideas. Just please keep them coming.


We hope that you have enjoyed your journey with us.

We would like to remind you, that whilst we will not be providing facilitation in the comments and discussions after Sunday 14th June, you still have time, if you need it, to catch up with the course activities as they will remain online.

Thank you from all of the Contracts Management course team

Content for this course was created by:

This course was designed by Professor Douglas Macbeth (Southampton Business School, University of Southampton) and Tim Cummins (President of IACCM) with support from Kate Dickens (University of Southampton).

You were supported by the University of Southampton’s online mentoring team:

Chrissie Metcalf (coordinator), and Johanna Walker.

This course was produced by:

The Digital Learning and Media teams from University of Southampton.

This course would not have been possible without the support of:

  • The Civil Service: Ian Mackie, Head of Learning and Development, Commercial, Crown Commercial Service, Dave Martin, Learning Consultant, Civil Service Learning and their Civil Service colleagues Marc Bryant, Adrian Kamellard and Joshua Reddaway.

  • IACCM: President Tim Cummins, CEO Sally Hughes, Lana Trybush and IACCM board members Jim Bergman, , Kai Jacob, M.C. Mcbain, Violet Okpere and Nils Svanberg.

  • University of Southampton Library and Legal teams.

  • University of Southampton: VP Education Alex Neill and the rest of the University senior management team.

Last but not least, we would like to thank everyone in the FutureLearn team with a special mention for Kate Sandars from the content team.

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Contract Management: Building Relationships in Business

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