Have we anything to fear from the ‘fourth industrial revolution’?

By Dr Charles Barthold, Lecturer in People Management, The Open University Business School A life full of copious amounts of leisure time with mundane tasks a thing of the past, or a world with mass unemployment which is ruled by machines? Nobody is quite sure what the period we are entering, often referred to as the … More Have we anything to fear from the ‘fourth industrial revolution’?

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Video Highlights: The Future of Work 4.0: Disruptive technologies, opportunity or threat?

Are we in the dawn of a new era? Technology is rapidly changing both our work and lives. Many experts are predicting that we are rapidly headed toward a ‘fourth industrial revolution’. In this masterclass, held on 2 May in London, Lecturer in People Management Dr Charles Barthold asked how can the rapid technological advances … More Video Highlights: The Future of Work 4.0: Disruptive technologies, opportunity or threat?

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Disruptive technologies and intelligence: business opportunity or threat? Webinar Recording

Our Business Perspectives webinar on “Disruptive technologies and intelligence: business opportunity or threat?” took place on Friday 26 January. If you missed the webinar or want to watch it again, it is now available to view on demand.  If you haven’t already, you will need to complete the registration form for access. WATCH THE WEBINAR … More Disruptive technologies and intelligence: business opportunity or threat? Webinar Recording

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How well do we adapt to change in the workplace?

Guest blogger: Dr Matthew Haigh is Senior Lecturer in Accounting at The Open University Business School (OUBS). Dr Matthew Haigh is leading the Festive Networking event on Wednesday 6 December. For more information, visit the OUBS website. This mis-named Brexit – the existential crisis of our day. Maybe, or maybe not. What to do about it … More How well do we adapt to change in the workplace?

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

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

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Innovation quarter summary report

To conclude the Business Perspectives innovation quarter, we have created a summary report that offers diverse ideas and insights about innovation – a snapshot of perspectives from around the globe. We invite you to download and share the report and please send us any comments.  We will create a similar summary report following the strategy … More Innovation quarter summary report

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Ten things businesses should know about what innovation is and isn’t

Guest blogger: Sarah Platts, Open University Business School MBA Alumnus, Change Consultant at FreshNetworks Innovation is a common topic of debate and strategy in most businesses (be they new or well established). In the current economic climate, and with the huge potential of the likes of social media data, brands are increasingly looking at innovation … More Ten things businesses should know about what innovation is and isn’t

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Innovation and technology: the challenge

Guest blogger: Professor James Fleck, Professor of Innovation Dynamics at The Open University Business School. At the beginning of the Innovation Masterclass, I proposed to run a challenge for examples of an innovation that does not involve technology. Definition of innovation: “Innovation is the practical implementation of a new idea or invention for intended economic … More Innovation and technology: the challenge

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