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MODULE 4: Introduction to General Business Skills

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Introduction  

In a fast changing business environment, many business managers often seek to have a more "generalist" knowledge of business and business principles. This module aims to introducing some general business skills which learners can use to help them establish solid business foundations and understand the various leadership styles they may cultivate to ensure a cooperative structure within their business entities. The module also highlights organizational structuring and concludes with the significance of tenders, contracts and procurement. Components of business management skills, financing ICT/FOSS-SMEs, business skills and service provision, writing a FLOSS business plan, and FLOSS proposal contracts are the major modules covered in this module.

The module builds on already established FLOSS concepts covered in module 1. It makes use of the relevant FLOSS business experiences covered in the case studies in module 2, and the communicating FLOSS skills and knowledge developed in module 3. Equipped with introductory business skills in these modules, participants will then be able the have specific FLOSS business skills (in module 5) which may be appropriate for establishing FLOSS business in their specific countries or regions.

Overall Objectives

The learning objectives for this module are as follows:

  1. To understand how to establish a solid business foundation.

  2. To know the various leadership styles of an effective businesses.

  3. To develop knowledge in key areas such as management, sales, and accounting.

  4. To understand the significance of tenders, contracts and procurement.

Sessions and Timetable

The entire content in this module is estimated to be delivered in 1 day, with some variations within the modules. For instructional purpose, the content of this module can be delivered as proposed in the summarized table below.

Days/weeks

Session

Module name

Duration (hrs)

Day 1

Session 1

Starting a business

1:00hrs


Session 2

Define Target Market

0:45hrs


Session 3

Leadership

0:45hrs


Session 4

Organizational Structuring

1:00hrs


Session 5

FLOSS Proposals Contracts

1:00hrs

Module 4 contains the following sub-modules: 

Module 4.1 Starting a Business. Read more...

Module 4.2 Defining Target Market. Read more...

Module 4.3 Leadership. Read more...

Module 4.4 Organizational Structuring. Read more...

Module 4.5 FLOSS Proposals and Contracts. Read more...

References. Read more...