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International Approaches and the Evolving Context of Business and Crisis Management

Learn about how culture, governance, industry practice, compliance, geography and changing risk environments influence BCM/CM.

  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    8 hours

Discover the evolving influences and challenges for BCM and CM

This course investigates how organisational politics, behaviours, culture, governance, and compliance are influential factors in BCM/CM settings. Learning will entail how industry practice, geography and changing risk environments underpin effective BCM/CM.

You’ll learn about the role of Industry 3.0 and the advent of cyber risks as disruptive challenges to the smooth running of organisations.

You will also explore key theories such as high reliability and normal accident risks, and the impacts of systemic and systematic failure modes in complex, tightly coupled and time-sensitive systems.

What topics will you cover?

  • Organisational politics
  • Embedding BCM and CM and managing organisational culture
  • Legislation/regulation
  • Globalisation, complexity and supply chain
  • Industry 3.0 and digitisation

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain the importance of how BCM and CM are seen, positioned and managed within an organisation
  • Explain the concept of embedding BCM and CM awareness and the interplay with organisational culture
  • Explore the legislative and regulatory requirements by sector and region
  • Explain the impact that legislation and regulation can have on behaviours
  • Identify the role of globalisation, complexity and supply chain
  • Explain how Industry 3.0 and digitisation are impacting BCM and CM requirements
  • Explain the concept and relevance of systemic vs systematic risk, and normal accident theory vs high reliability theory

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at people who want to learn about how geography and changing risk environments influence Business Continuity Management and Crisis Management.

Please note that the individuals detailed in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below, are current staff members and may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

I am an ex Local Authority emergency planner, with 8 years experience. I have been teaching for 4 years in Crisis & Disaster Management and have also conducted research in disaster recovery in Italy.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured 5 QS Stars for Teaching and Online Learning in the QS World University Ranking 2020 and has received No. 1 in the world for Massive Open Online Courses in MoocLab’s World University Ranking 2021.

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Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control

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You can use the hashtag #internationalapprocahestobusinessmanagement to talk about this course on social media.