Taught course

Business agility foundations (online short course)

Open University · School of Access, Open and Cross-curricular Innovation

Entry requirements

You don’t need any prior knowledge of business agility to join this course, although any work experience will enhance and contextualise your learning. it’s suitable for beginners or those with basic knowledge who want to learn more about business agility and its practical applications for future roles. It's also helpful for those struggling to navigate a VUCA world and those looking to expand their skillset for Continuing Professional Development.

The content in this course is suitable for a global audience and the skills you learn can be applied in a wide range of roles and types of organisations, whether in the public or third sector, large corporates, or SMEs.

This course will take around 48 hours to complete and you can learn at your own pace.

Months of entry


Course content

Discover how business agility can improve performance, create efficient teams, and benefit your organisation. Created with industry experts, the Agile Business Consortium, this course will introduce you to the essential elements of business agility that are necessary to thrive in complex environments. You’ll explore agile leadership, agile culture, and a framework for business agility to improve customer value and team performance. Plus, you’ll learn how a growth mindset, continuous learning, and engaging others can support organisational change and deliver successful outcomes.

You’ll learn to:

  • describe business agility and how to recognise it
  • understand the culture and characteristics needed to support business agility and identify how they relate to organisations you are familiar with
  • consider your own business agility journey and think about approaches that might help
  • explain the key elements of a framework for business agility
  • understand the importance of a shift in mindset, with a focus on delivering value for stakeholders in an environment of collaboration, innovation, and learning.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • CPD
    0.4 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Multiple-choice questionnaires100

Course contact details

The Open University