The Open University’s active involvement in the fields of innovation and enterprise is reflected in its research, teaching and outreach activities. The triple-accredited Open University Business School offers undergraduate and postgraduate modules in entrepreneurship and related subjects. It also hosts the Quarterly Survey of Small Business in Britain, which provides an authoritative and independent insight into small business attitudes and performance for the benefit of researchers, policy-makers and practitioners. The Quarterly Survey has been in operation since 1984 when it was created by Graham Bannock, research director of the pioneering Bolton Report on small firms.
Over 80,000 people from more than 100 countries have already graduated with The Open University Business School, making it the largest management school in Europe. In addition, many of the university’s open educational resources are freely available to sample on the OpenLearn website and on iTunesU. The university has been involved in numerous high-profile co-productions with the BBC in the field of business and enterprise, including: ‘Theo’s Adventure Capitalists’ (2010), ‘Made in Britain’ (2011) and ‘The Bottom Line’ (ongoing). It is also home to a number of cross-faculty centres that are engaged in research and teaching in the fields of innovation and entrepreneurship including IKD, which has a particular focus on its role in international development, and has a thriving community of research students who are active in these areas.
Dr Richard Blundel, Senior Lecturer in Enterprise Development
Business School website: www.open.ac.uk/business-school/about
Quarterly Survey of Small Business in Britain: www.open.ac.uk/quarterly-survey
Other Open University and external websites relevant to students:
Innovation, Knowledge and Development: www.open.ac.uk/ikd/
BBC/OU co-production, ‘The Bottom Line’ (external site): www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006sz6t