The Open University - Management of Uncertainty

Discover how to make effective decisions when faced with radical uncertainty. This microcredential has been created by The Open University.
  • The Open University, England
  • 919 €
  • 3 Months
  • Online
  • 10 October 2022

Course Information

Enhance your problem-solving skills and find opportunity in business uncertainty. 

This micro-credential will support you in developing the skills, capabilities, and perspectives needed in a world of radical uncertainties. You’ll develop new ways of engaging with radical uncertainties, think critically about how uncertainties are distributed in societies and organisations, develop greater resilience in the face of radical uncertainty and unexpected events, and grow your own capacity for leadership and action.

By the end of the microcredential, you’ll be able to...

  • Identify the ways in which as individuals, organisations and societies we construct certainty and avoid uncertainty.
  • Apply multiple perspectives on uncertainty and tools for engaging with uncertainty whilst still being able to act.
  • Reflect critically on the uses, limitations and dangers of big data, artificial intelligence, and models, in contexts of uncertainty.
  • Demonstrate a critical and ethical awareness of how uncertainty is socially distributed in society and in organisations and how your actions as a manager/leader can impact this.
  • Reflect on and develop your own capacity for leadership under uncertainty.
  • Evaluate assumptions critically, in planning, forecasting, modelling, and strategizing to support more mindful organising and greater resilience in the face of uncertainty.
  • Demonstrate the following skills: critical analysis; perspective-taking; personal resilience; engaging with uncomfortable knowledge; tolerance of ambiguity and ambivalence; ethical awareness.


This microcredential would benefit anyone currently working, or looking to work in:

  • Senior roles in business, the public sector or third sector
  • Strategic analysis or consulting
  • New product development
  • Managing or commissioning large complex projects

The course delivers transferable skills for any industry and is relevant across the board.

This course has a global focus and the skills you’ll learn will be relevant for learners from countries around the world.


About the university

The Open University is a public research university and with more than 170,000 students it is the University with the largest number of students in the UK. Worldwide The Open University has more than 2 million students. They offer flexible part-time study, supported distance and open learning for undergraduate and postgraduate courses and qualifications. With more than 50 years of experience in delivering part-time flexible education, the University has broadened its range of programmes to suit all needs.


Learning format

Under guidance from The Open University, you’ll apply ideas in the course directly to uncertainties you face in your work and reflect on these in collaboration with other learners. You’ll apply what you learn to your own challenges in a final project that reflects on your learning and future development.


Entry requirements

To join this micro-credential you will ideally have:

  • A Bachelors degree or an equivalent level qualification
  • Experience of working in a role that exposes you to some of the significant uncertainties that organisations face
  • A strong interest in improving your capabilities in leading, managing, deciding and acting in the face of major uncertainties

Apply before:

09 October 2022

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