Learn about contract management and business relationships in a course backed by UK government & World Commerce & Contracting
Struggling to understand business contracts at work? Try our free 3-week online course to understand contract management processes, gain the confidence to develop new contracts and build successful business relationships.
Contracts are fundamental to business activities and relationships are fundamental to all contracts. Learn all about the intricacies of contract management today.
Manage contracts successfully:
Over three weeks, you will realise the importance, complexity and challenges of designing and delivering good contracts. You will learn how your objectives and those of your customer/client can be achieved in an effective way to minimise possible threats or failures.
Understand the nuances of business relationships:
In this course, we’ll explore relationship fundamentals and complexities that relate to business contracts.
This will involve asking what can go right or wrong in relationships; examining the rules that govern public and private sector procurement, and asking how you can make the right decisions for your customers and clients.
We will look at the complex supply chains and networks that are a feature of many contracts, learning how to manage interdependencies and the needs of multiple stakeholders.
Discover more about business contracts with real-life examples
The final part of the course will bring the above ideas together, using an example scenario (the challenge of building your own house) to put theory into practice.
What topics will you cover?
What will you achieve?
Explore what can go right or wrong in relationships
Debate how the rules and regulations that govern public and private sector procurement can affect behaviour
Identify ways you can ensure that what you buy (or sell) is what you and your customer / client really needs
Engage in a stakeholder analysis activity by sharing your own ideas and providing feedback on others
Explore your supplier relationships and compare what your fellow learners are doing more or less of than in your own organisation
Reflect on what actions you will now take to learn more about the course topics and take the lessons forward into your workplace
Who is the course for?
This free online course is designed for anyone who wants to better understand what is involved in commercial business relationships, and the process of managing contractual agreements.
It is suitable for those working in the public, private and third sectors.
At FutureLearn, we want to inspire learning for life. That’s why we offer a diverse selection of free, high quality online courses and content from some of the world’s leading universities and other outstanding cultural institutions.
Our aim is to connect learners from all over the globe with high quality educators and with each other. We believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, with plenty of opportunities to discuss and reflect on what you’ve studied, in order to make fresh discoveries and form new ideas.
Courses are delivered one step at a time and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life, rather than your life around learning. We are a private company wholly owned by the Open University, with the benefit of over 40 years of their experience in distance learning and online education.
Our partners include over 80 of the best UK and international universities, as well as institutions with a huge archive of cultural and educational material, including the British Council, the British Library, and the British Museum.
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This course will enable you to develop contract management strategy for your organisation.
Learn more about the elements of a legally binding contract and how to resolve a breach with damages.
Understand what is involved in the contract management process and put this knowledge to work with confidence.
Contracts are a part of our everyday life, arising in collaboration, trust, promise and credit. How are contracts formed? What makes a contract enforceable? What happens when one party breaks a promise?