Short course

Course details

Course level

Level 7

Next course date

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3 sessions


Self-guided online learning

Course description

This short course offers the opportunity to think differently about approaches to improving business operations.

Delegates will be introduced the concepts of a ‘Systems Thinking’ based approach for improving performance which is distinctive in two ways:

The course will challenge traditional management thinking and help delegates to develop a more holistic approach to measuring and improving business operations. Delegates will learn new skills and approaches for understanding and transforming their organisation, leading to an enhanced service, reduction in costs and improved morale.

Structure, certificates and assessment

Delivery structure 

Session 1 - Foundations of a Systems Thinking approach

Session 2 – Measuring true process performance

Session 3 – Making and sustaining operational changes

A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded for completing the course

Activities for self-paced learning

Session 1 – Develop a wider understanding of Systems Thinking, and a holistic approach towards business improvement through analysis of the workplace

Session 2 – Application of concepts within the workplace to understand true performance of operational processes and identification of improvement opportunities

Session 3 –Reading and analysis of academic literature to enhance knowledge of operational change concepts when making an improvement intervention

* All the sessions will be supported with Level 7 materials and additional activities to be undertaken between each delivered session.

Learning outcomes

After completing this module, the student should be able to:

Critically review current thinking towards the management of operational processes

Analyse operational processes through application of new measurement methods

Make recommendations for improved processes and performance measurement of processes

Fees and funding

The price of this course is £475.00 but we are offering at £237.50 due to these unprecedented times and a desire to keep people self-developing.

How to apply

This course is now fully booked, for further dates and to register your interest please contact the Business Gateway.


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Who will teach you

Simon Smith
Programme leader

Simon Smith is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for the MBA Global and MBA Global Finance Part-Time. Prior to working in academia he was a senior manager in the semiconductor industry and continues to work with many organisations today, with a focus on improving business operations. 

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