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Commercial drive

What is commercial awareness in HR? Learn how to be a commercial HR business partner so you can put forward a business case and deliver your organisation’s goals.

Introductory Programme

Free for core learning subscribers

Access to the CIPD Learning Hub

€529.00 exc. VAT

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Free for members

Perfect for:

Business owner
HR managers
Change agents
Small businesses

You’ll learn how to:

  • understand your organisation and how it works
  • present a compelling HR business case
  • deliver business outcomes
  • build the skills you need to manage change in your organisation.

About this course

Course length: Four to six hours

Delivery: Online, self-directed

Suitable for: All people professionals, at all stages

This course is included as part of the Core Learning Subscription.

Topics covered

  • getting started with commercial drive
  • understanding your organisation
  • focusing on business outcomes
  • working with your customers
  • how to build a business case
  • demonstrating commitment
  • showing resilience
  • enabling change.

What to expect from this ‘commercial drive’ course as in doc

The course is aligned with The Profession Map's eight core behaviours. Learn more about these behaviours here.

You’ll explore how you can support your organisation to meet its objectives. You’ll learn about the different types of organisations and why they exist, and how and why they create value. You’ll also look at how people practices help organisations drive sustained commercial success and value.

What you’ll need to do on this course as in doc

This course has eight lessons which you can access online at a time that suits you. You can work through the lessons at your own pace and in the order you choose. Each lesson is between 30-45 minutes long and includes reflective and community activities to help you embed your learning.

What you’ll get on this course as in doc

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 ‘commercial drive’ course, you'll be able to:

  • understand your organisation’s sector, business model and where it creates and loses value
  • prioritise the people practices, opportunities and risks that drive sustained commercial success and value for people
  • partner with customers to understand their current and future needs
  • develop and present robust business cases that demonstrate a return on investment
  • take responsibility and demonstrate commitment to delivering business objectives
  • demonstrate resilience in the face of setbacks, uncertainty, and agreeing a course of action
  • enable change by understanding culture, capability and structure while mitigating people risks and maximising benefits.

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.