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Business acumen

What is business acumen in HR? Learn more about the world of work and start thinking commercially so you can contribute to your organisation’s success.

Introductory Programme

Access to the CIPD Learning Hub

15% discount for CIPD members

S$599.00 exc. VAT

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Perfect for:

HR managers
L&D managers

You’ll learn how to:

  • explain why measures and metrics are important in business
  • map a business planning process and list its key elements
  • discuss the principles underpinning ethical business and good governance
  • describe how to manage successful business relationships and partnerships.

About this course

Course length: Six hours

Delivery: Online, self-directed

Suitable for: People professionals with limited experience

Topics covered

  • navigating your business model
  • knowing the numbers
  • business planning
  • business ethics
  • working as an HR business partner.​

What to expect from this ‘business acumen’ course

This short online HR business partner course will help you develop a commercial mindset; you’ll start thinking from a business perspective and feel curious about the organisation you work for. You’ll learn how to add value and excel in your role, so you can contribute towards your organisation’s business objectives.

What you’ll need to do on this course

This course includes a mixture of written, video, and interactive content. You can work through the content at your own pace. As part of this course, you have access to one live webinar related to this subject. These take place twice a year, giving you two dates to choose from.

What you’ll get on this course

Taking part in this course gives you access to the CIPD Learning Hub for 12 months. Here, you can access your course content together with other valuable resources and tools. When you finish your course, you can enjoy an additional 12 months of access to other resources on the Learning Hub.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this ‘business acumen’ course, you’ll be able to:

  • answer the question, ‘What is business acumen in HR?’
  • support your organisation’s goals and strategy more effectively
  • use, measure, and create metrics to support and contribute towards business outcomes
  • contribute to your organisation’s business planning process
  • help establish and maintain ethical business practices and good governance
  • nurture successful business relationships and partnerships.
  • Team bookings

    Interested in booking this course for your team? We offer group bookings solutions for teams of four or more people.

    When your teams learn with the CIPD, they get direct access to the latest professional research and insights.

    And through courses co-created with industry thought leaders and practitioners, they’ll build the skills and confidence they need to inspire action, influence change and drive business value.

    We offer a wide range of Learning and Development solutions to suit employees at every level – whether in HR, L&D, OD or wider people management.