One of the best ways to enhance your education is through open courseware. With open courseware classes, there’s no registration, no fees and no timetables. You take classes in the things you need to know, and complete them at your own pace. Many people are surprised to learn that there are so many open courseware classes available from some of the best schools in the country. Here are 20 open courseware classes worth bookmarking if you’re a manager.
From Sloan School of Management at MIT
- Optimization Methods in Management Science: This undergraduate level class introduces students to the theory, algorithms and applications of optimization.
- Management Communications for Undergraduates: This class gives undergraduate level students an introduction to communicating effectively as a manager.
- Managerial Psychology: Learn to use theories of psychology in your job as a manager. You’ll learn to motivate appropriately and deal with problems in an effective manner.
- Introduction to Financial and Managerial Accounting: A great class for the manager who needs to learn a bit about how managerial accounting and reporting works.
- Law for the Entrepreneur and Manager: A great basic business law class for managers and small business owners. Learn what you need to know to keep your company out of legal trouble.
- People and Organizations: This course outlines today’s major challenges facing the management profession and uses interactive exercises, simulations and problems to develop critical skills in negotiations, teamwork and leadership.
- Operations Management: A great course for managers in the manufacturing environment. It introduces concepts and techniques for design, planning and control of manufacturing and service operations.
- Economic Analysis for Business Decisions: This graduate level course gives students a working knowledge of the analytical tools that bear most directly on the economic decisions firms must regularly make.
- Applied Economics for Managers: This graduate level course teaches students to understand how economists model the choice process of individual consumers and firms, and how markets work to coordinate these choices.
- Communicating with Data: This graduate course teaches techniques of using data to make informed management decisions with illustrations of how real decision makers, even highly trained professionals, fall prey to errors and biases in their understanding.
- Competitive Decision Making and Negotiation: This course is centered on twelve negotiation exercises that simulate competitive business situations. Students learn about distributive and mixed motive bargaining, among other techniques.
- Global Strategy and Organization: This course provides students with the conceptual tools necessary to understand and work effectively in today’s interconnected business world.
- Communication for Managers: Teaches writing and speaking skills necessary for a management position.
- Leadership and Personal Effectiveness Coaching Seminar: This seminar gives students opportunities to hone business communication skills through activities. It is an adjunct to the course listed above.
- Advanced Managerial Communication: Advanced course in managerial communications.
- Building and Leading Effective Teams: This course is a must for hiring managers. It is an intensive one week course on building a great team and leading it.
- Listening to the Customer: A must for managers who lead teams in customer facing jobs. It teaches students to ask the right questions to find out what they really need to know through customer surveys.
- Practical Leadership: Watch students hone their leadership skills by performing practice business scenarios. This is a graduate level course.
- Understanding Financial Markets:This course is a great one for managers during today’s difficult financial times. It covers “the theory of finance and its relation to the history, the strengths and imperfections of such institutions as banking, insurance, securities, futures, and other derivatives markets, and the future of these institutions over the next century.”
From the International Institute of Management
- Quality Management Systems: The International Institute of Management offers several courses on Quality Management Systems and Management, including case studies for your review.
With these and other open courseware classes you can find, you’re sure to be able to improve your management skills so that you can land that promotion, or so that you can make the most of the job you already have. It is amazing the wealth of knowledge that is available to you for free!