The purpose of this course is to develop your understanding and use of the concepts of organisational behaviour and the models and processes required for organisational development.
Organisational Development values collaborative and participative processes to achieve improved and sustainable performance. It is useful to begin by reflecting on the following principles by two leading authors on OD (Robbins and Judge, 2008):
- Respect for people – individuals are perceived as responsible, conscientious and caring and should be treated with dignity and respect.
- Trust and support – the effective and healthy organisation is characterised by trust, authenticity, openness and a supportive climate.
- Power equalisation – effective organisations de-emphasise hierarchical authority and control.
- Confrontation – problems are not swept under the rug, they should be openly confronted.
- Participation – the more the people who will be affected by the change are involved in the decisions surrounding that change, the more they will be committed to implementing those decisions.
Upon completing this course, participants should be able to:
- Evaluate the personal characteristics and skills required of an entrepreneur to facilitate the successful start-up and operation of a new venture
- Examine the advantages and disadvantages of entrepreneurship
- Interrogate the principles of an intrapreneur
- Evaluate an entrepreneurial process
- Critically evaluate opportunities
- Critically evaluate entrepreneurial employment opportunities
- Critically assess the viability of a new venture
- Evaluate business failure
- Critically review ethics in business
- Evaluate the capital requirements, assets, revenue and costs of a new venture
- Identify and compare all short-term and long-term funding options offered by the finance industry for new ventures
- Interpret income statements and balance sheets
- Examine current legal and human resource legislation
- Evaluate business risks
- Identify, gather and analyse the relevant information needed to compile a business plan
- Establish and prioritise business, financial and operational goals and objectives for a new venture
- Design and present business, financial and marketing plans for a new venture
- Identify information resources of available businesses and new markets accessed through the tendering process
This course is completed online.