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Contract Management: Build Relationships in Business (MOOC)

Improve your contract management skills in this massive open online course (MOOC) that is free and open to everyone.

This Contract Management course was developed by our team at World Commerce & Contracting in partnership with the University of Southampton, the UK Cabinet Office and Civil Service Learning. 

Through the course we share knowledge around the importance, complexity and challenges of designing and delivering good contracts and how our objectives can be achieved in the most effective way to minimize possible threats or failures. 

  • Relationship fundamentals Explore what can go right or wrong in relationships and examine the rules that govern public and private sector procurement.  
  • Relationship complexities Explore complex supply chains and networks that are a feature of many contracts and learn how to manage interdependencies and the needs of multiple stakeholders. 
  • What does this mean for me? We complete the course by bringing the first two themes together and using an real example scenario (from your business) to put theory into practice. 

Meet your expert instructors

Douglas Macbeth

Professor of Purchasing and Supply Chain Management at the University of Southampton 

Tim Cummins

President of World Commerce & Contracting

​Who is the course for?

  • Anyone who wants to better understand what is involved in commercial business relationships, and the process of managing contractual agreements. 
  • Those working in the public, private and third sectors. 
  • Anyone who wants to improve relationships and contracts across commercial and not-for-profit sectors.  

A few important things to note

  • Course duration is three weeks and is available twice a year. The next course starts on June 19th 2023.
  • Three modules will be released each week which are recorded. Participants can work through the course at their pace in their own time. 
  • Each step takes 5-10 minutes, whether it is a video, article, discussion or quiz. 
  • We recommend allowing a time commitment of three hours a week. 
  • Participants can join a course at any point throughout its duration. Registered participants will be able to access the recorded materials beyond the end date and until further notice. 
  • The course is hosted by
  • FutureLearn’s social learning platform is owned by The Open University and their privacy policy applies to all those registering. 
  • A Certificate of Completion is available at an additional charge. 
  • Once completed you earn 9 WorldCC Continuing Professional Development points.  

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