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CIMA E1 Organisational Management - Free Exam Resource Page

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Introduction to Organisations

Managing the Finance Function

Managing Technology and Information

Operations Management


Managing Human Resources

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Five must knows about the syllabus

Essential points regarding the syllabus.

Approaching objective test questions

Beneficial information on what you can expect and how to approach the objective test questions.

Objective test style and format *

A helpful insight into the different ways the questions will be formatted.

Study tips from students

Great advice from current and former students on the most effective ways to revise the course content

5 tips on how to reduce stress and improve focus

Tips on how to minimize stress and improve focus leading up to your exams.

Benefits of peer learning

An interesting article highlighting the benefits of studying with peers

CIMA E1 Syllabus Topic - Introduction to Organisations

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Smart Objectives:

Defines SMART objectives and demonstrates how to transform a current objective into a 'SMART' one. Breaks down each element of the SMART objective method.

Organisational Types:

Highlights different types of organisations. It focuses on organisations in the private sector such as sole traders, partnerships, companies and franchises. This articles goes back to basics and is a great way of gaining an understanding of Organisational Types which is a key topic in CIMA E1.

Mintzberg’s 5 Key Components of an Organisation:

A brief explanation of the Mintzberg’s theory of the 5 parts of an organisational structure - Strategic Apex, Middle Line, Support Staff, Techno Structure and Operating Core. It demonstrates the pressures that come from these parts. In addition it applies the theory to 5 generic structures.

Matrix Structure:

Discusses the development of matrix structures in response to changing needs of an organisation. It highlights the key difference between horizontal and vertical reporting structures and the implications for employees.

This is a useful revision video in prepation for your CIMA Objective Test.

CIMA E1 Syllabus Topic - Managing Human Resources

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60 Challenging Objective Test Style Questions in each CIMA Mock exam

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Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs:

A detailed summary of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and an explanation on how it can be applied in a business context. This is good suplimentary information to the Study Text for CIMA E1.

A nice summary of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and applies the model to Virgin Media. This is a very good example of applying the theory to a real business which will be useful in the approaching the Case Study Exam. The article also gives a detailed explanation of other motivational theory such as Taylor's Scientific Management and Elton Mayo's Hawthorne experiment.

Performance Appraisals:

This article is a useful addition to the content from the E1 Study Text. It's a nice summary of four key benefits of Performance Appraisals from an employee, employer and an organisation's perspective.

Psychological Contract:

Defines the Psychological Contract and its various forms. It applies these to a real organisation. This article is a useful as it relates the theory to a business in a similar way that will be required for the  CIMA Operational Case Study Exam.

CIMA E1 Syllabus Topic - Marketing

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Experiential Marketing:

10 examples of great Experiential Marketing campaigns. This includes Samsung, Red Bull, Game Of Thrones and Mountain Dew. These show creative ways of communicating brand messages and achieving high levels of awareness.

Guerilla Marketing:

A range of imaginative and unconventional examples of how organisations have used Guerilla Marketing techniques to reach large audiences at relatively low cost. This includes Apple, Gillette and Greenpeace.

Viral Marketing:

Great examples of Viral Marketing campaigns including LG, Red Bull, Pepsi Max and Kmart. These demonstrate how viral campaigns achieve very high penetration of target audiences through creative and unconventional marketing. This article is a useful as it relates the theory to a business in a similar way that will be required for the  CIMA Operational Case Study Exam.

Product Life Cycle:

This article explains the four stages of the Product Life Cycle and gives examples including 3D printing, Netflix and the Bicycle. Why not try to think of a few of your own products and see where they would fit into the product life cycle.

Boston Consulting Group Matrix:

A basic fun revision video on the core information regarding the Boston Consulting Group (BDG) matrix. The video gives a detailed explanation of each quadrant and closely relates it to business strategy and cash flow. The Boston Consulting Matrix is a popular tool which is often relevant to include in your CIMA Operational exams.

PESTLE Analysis:

An example of a PESTLE analysis applied to the Starbucks coffee chain.

An example of a PESTLE analysis applied to the Scandinavian homeware brand IKEA.

An example of a PESTLE analysis applied to the American Sports manufacturer Nike.

SWOT Analysis:

A useful introduction to SWOT analysis by Jackson Hille and Justin Gomer. It defines the four dimensions, gives advice on how and when to use the SWOT, and also gives examples of successful and unsuccessful SWOT Analyses. It also provides students with a useful SWOT template.

An excellent case study of Skoda. It includes a detailed SWOT analysis and how the car manufacturer used this as the basis for its successful strategic plan. This is a great application of a SWOT analysis to a real business which is important to understand the approach for the CIMA Case Study exam.

Business 2 Business versus Business 2 Consumer:

Outlines the 10 key differences between B2B marketing and B2C marketing. Factors such as decision making, purchasing power and brand relationships are all explored.

Marketing Mix:

A six page case study on how the supermarket, Alsi has effectively used the Marketing Mix. The article highlights the organisation's marketing objectives and discusses how these have been met through the 4 P's. This will give you a deeper understand as to how the Marketing Mix can be applied to a well known organisation.

CIMA E1 Syllabus Topic - Managing Technology and Information

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Online Revision Masterclass Recordings

Quickly revise the key areas of the syllabus alongside a qualified CIMA Tutor in our onlive masterclass.

Change Management:

An excellent explanation of the three stages of Lewin's change model. It includes details on the Freeze, Change and Refreeze stages. It gives tips and practical steps for using the framework. This is useful background to support your revision for the CIMA E1 Objective Test.


A good definition of E-commerce. It emphasises the importance of an organisation having a clear strategy when selling their products or services via an electronic/digital channels such as the Internet. This is very good supplementary information to the E1 Study Text.  

Internet, Intranet and Extranet:

A basic introduction and explanation of the Internet, Intranet and Extranet. It highlights the differences between these network categories and their relevance to organisations.

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CIMA E1 Syllabus Topic - Managing the Finance Function

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Study Texts for Kindle

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Fraud Risk Management:

A document straight from CIMA which outlines what constitutes Fraud and how risk management works within organisations.

Accounts Payables and Accounts Receivables:

A very useful video that gives a simple explanation of Accounts Receivables and Accounts Payables. The video uses an interesting example to illustrate each. This is a good introductory revision tool for the CIMA E1 Objective Test.

 Financial Accounting and Management Accounting:

Highlights the key differences between Management Accounting and Financial Accounting. It compares elements such as regulation & standardisation and time period. It is a good article that covers the basics required for the CIMA E1 exams.

Sources of Finance:

A detailed explanation of the sources of finance available to management. It highlights the advantages and disadvantages of the different options and explains the factors that an organisation will need to consider before making a decision. This compliments the sources of finance topic outlined in the Study Text.

CIMA E1 Syllabus Topic - Operations Management

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Corporate Social Responsibility:

A short video explaining the background to Marks and Spencers Corporate Social Responsbility (CSR) strategy. It details the introduction of Plan A which includes areas such as animal welfare, community support and human rights. This compliments the Corporate Social Responsbility section outlined in the Study Text.

This is an entertaining article that identifies 6 reasons why organisations should embrace Corporate SocialResponsibility. These are innovation, cost savings, brand differentiation, long term thinking, customer engagement and employee engagement.  


This video defines Lean and identifies and explains the seven types of wastes. It also demonstrates how to manage a Lean strategy in a business environment. It a useful video that will build your knowledge in this key area and prepare you for the CIMA Objective Test exam.

Quality Circles and Kaizen:

A brief explanation of Kaizen (continuous improvement) and Quality Circles which will be an interesting read in preparation for your CIMA exams. The article focuses on the key features and the importance of having small continuous improvements within an organisation.


This article gives a clear explanation of Just-in-time. It highlights the advantages, disadvantages and the precautions of implementing this concept in an organisation.  Just-in-time is an important topic to revise for the CIMA Operational exam.

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E1 Technical Articles from CIMA Connect

This is a summary table of key articles from CIMA Connect. You will find these a helpful addition to the Astranti resources above.