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Introduction to Business Management

Discover how to manage people, money and information, and gain confidence and insight into your own management style.

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Introduction to Business Management
  • Duration4 weeks
  • Weekly study4 hours
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Explore what it means to be a business manager

Do you want to learn about business management while also improving your English skills? This 4-week course from King’s College London might be ideal for you.

You’ll develop a range of business management skills relevant to your life, university study or the world of work. This course will also help you to communicate professionally in common business situations and reflect on your own management style.

Understand different leadership styles

At the beginning of this course, you’ll gain an introduction to the concept and practice of business. Then you’ll start to think about managing yourself effectively.

What is your own management and leadership style? Find out on the course and learn about the perceptions you have of yourself and those around you.

Gain money management skills and understand financial concepts

Next, we introduce and explore some key financial concepts. By working through the steps, discussing the ideas and engaging in reflection, you’ll be able to explain the difference between profit and cash flow, and articulate the advantages and disadvantages of various sources of finance.

Discover stakeholder management and social responsibility

Here you will explore the really essential ideas of people management, stakeholder management and communication. You’ll be able to explain the importance of communication in a professional way and reflect on the role of business in communities.

You’ll finish the course by thinking about different information types and considering the roles businesses play in the lives of people and communities, and social responsibility.

What topics will you cover?

  • Managing yourself: introduction to management and leadership styles.
  • Managing money and key financial concepts, including the implications of various sources of finance and the relative importance of cash flow and profit.
  • Managing people, stakeholder management and professional communication.
  • Managing Information: different information types and key information management issues.
  • The roles businesses play in the lives of people and communities, and social responsibility.
  • Aspects of growth and the effects of success.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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What will you achieve?

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

  • Apply a range of business concepts, tools and terminology to common business situations
  • Explain the importance of business management for you and your community
  • Identify your own skills, interests and ideas, and how you can continue to develop them
  • Explore opportunities and challenges of working with others: including collaboration, listening to others, feedback, negotiation
  • Explain the important aspects of a business idea to potential customers and investors
  • Reflect on what you’ve learnt and how you will apply this now

Who is the course for?

This course is supported by UK Aid - Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education, Innovation and Reform.

This course is designed for refugees, displaced people and the communities supporting them in the MENA (Middle East and Northern Africa) region who wish to study a Business Management related course at a university in English.

It has been created as part of the PADILEIA project, which aims to increase access to higher education and employment.

However, this course will also be of interest to anyone looking to develop their Business Management skills and foundational knowledge, as well as their English language and communication skills in a business setting.

We recommend learners have a minimum of CEFR B1 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) to get the most from this course.

Who will you learn with?

Module Leader for Business Management, King’s Foundations, King’s College London

Who developed the course?

King's College London

King’s College London, established in 1829 and a founding college of the University of London, is one of the world’s leading research and teaching universities, based in the very heart of London.


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