Online ExpertTrack in Business & Management

Business Agility Foundations

Discover how business agility can improve performance, create efficient teams, and benefit your organisation.

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The Open UniversityThe Open University

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In collaboration with

Agile Business ConsortiumAgile Business Consortium

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Learn the fundamentals of business agility and gain skills for a changing world

We live in an increasingly volatile, uncertain, and complex world. The world, the work environment, and technology are changing fast, creating more uncertainty.

Organisations that embrace business agility are able to quickly adapt, learn, and stay customer-focused. Agile organisations and teams are more adaptive, creative, and resilient. They work faster, better, and deliver greater value for their stakeholders.

Develop your understanding of the essential elements needed for an agile organisation

The four courses in this ExpertTrack will give you an introduction to business agility principles and how it can deliver better performance and value.

Over 12 weeks, you’ll explore the philosophy, values, and principles of business agility, the benefits and challenges of more agile ways of working, how organisational culture can enable business agility, and the environment that’s needed for an agile culture to thrive. You’ll be introduced to a framework to understand the elements needed for business agility and you’ll also discover how continuous learning, a growth mindset, and engaging others can support organisational change and create business agility.

Discover how business agility and leadership can help organisations thrive

By the end of this ExpertTrack, you’ll be able to describe business agility and know how to recognise it. You’ll understand the culture and characteristics needed to support business agility and identify how they relate to an organisation you are familiar with. You’ll also become familiar with a framework for business agility, and you’ll recognise the need for a mindset shift that is value, stakeholder, and customer-focused.

Finally, you will consider your own business agility journey and think about approaches that might help.

Designed by experts at the Agile Business Consortium and The Open University

This course has been developed by The Open University in collaboration with the Agile Business Consortium, a global leader and the professional body for promoting business agility. You’ll learn from experienced leaders in this field and cover a range of diverse and relevant material. By investing in your professional development, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge needed for teams and organisations to succeed in today’s world.

Please note this course is about business agility and the ability of organisations to respond to changes as a whole, rather than the iterative Agile approach to project management and software development.

Key skills you will learn

  • Agility in an organisational context
  • Characteristics of agile culture
  • Ways to assess agile culture
  • Value of a people-centric approach
  • Team working
  • Interpersonal development skills which support agile working practice

Learning outcomes

By the end of the ExpertTrack, you’ll be able to...

  • Describe business agility and how to recognise it
  • Explain the key elements of a framework for business agility
  • Understand the culture and characteristics needed to support business agility and identify how they relate to organisations you are familiar with
  • Understand the importance of a shift in mindset, with a focus on delivering value for stakeholders in an environment of collaboration, innovation and learning
  • Consider your own business agility journey and think about approaches that might help

Experience required

This ExpertTrack is for anyone new to business agility or those with a basic understanding who want to know more.

Some workplace and/or team-based experience will help you understand the content of the course in the context of a working organisation (of any size, sector, or industry). The course material does not assume that learners are currently working. Past experiences will be just as relevant.

We recommend the courses in this ExpertTrack are taken in the order presented to develop your knowledge effectively.

Getting started

This ExpertTrack is particularly suitable for:

  • Those new to business agility or those with a basic understanding who want to know more about it and how they can develop their own practical business agility for future roles.
  • Those struggling to understand how to survive and thrive in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) world.
  • Those wishing to broaden their skillset and expand their Continuing Professional Development.

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As the UK’s largest university, The Open University (OU) supports thousands of students to achieve their goals and ambitions via supported distance learning, helping to fit learning around professional and personal life commitments.

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    Milton Keynes, UK
  • World ranking

    Top 510Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

This ExpertTrack is in collaboration with Agile Business Consortium

The Agile Business Consortium is the global professional body for Business Agility, with unrivalled expertise in the field. A UK based not-for-profit organisation and the brains behind AgilePM®, AgileBA®, AgilePgM® and AgileDS™.

Meet your instructor

Rod Willis is a Professional Executive Coach and Business Agility expert. He is an Agile Business Consortium Scrum Master who supports the agile community through conferences, courses and online tools

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