To effectively drive a firm’s success, business leaders and executives across functions require sound financial fluency. An understanding of financeis essential in decision-making, participating in financial discussions, and having comprehensive insight into how an organisation operates.
The Programme is designed to build your proficiency in finance at an executive level by demystifying the nuances of financial practice and providing you with an overview of how firms make finance-driven decisions. Over six weeks, you’ll develop the practical skills needed to value projects and measure the risk, return, and cost of capital. You’ll access tools to help you navigate today’s shifting financial landscape, through learnings infused with research from leading scholars and industry experts. You’ll also explore the key topics that are changing financial practices, such as corporate governance, and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors.
On completion of the programme, you’ll have a confident understanding of executive finance, and the foundations to enable you to drive your organisation forward through informed decision-making.
This programme focuses on promoting fluency in the language of executive finance, and on the key financial tools needed to make critical decisions that enhance your organisation’s financial performance.
You’ll start by learning how to calculate the value of an investment project, followed by investigating the trade-offs of funding through debt versus equity, and how this choice affects a project’s valuation. You’ll then work through examples of critical business decisions, and the implications of initial public offerings (IPOs) and mergers and acquisitions (M&As). Additionally, you’ll cover important concepts in contemporary finance, ESG factors and investing, as well as corporate governance, and how to solve issues that arise within these spheres at board level and beyond.
Throughout the programme, a combination of research, real-world case studies, practical applications, and interactive components will help you apply the concepts covered to your own context.
Module 1 Valuation: Time value of money, net present value (NPV), and internal rate of return (IRR
Learn how to calculate the value of a project.
Module 2 Financial decision-making: Measuring risk, return and the cost of capital
Develop your understanding of financial decision-making strategies.
Module 3 Corporate finance: Raising capital effectively
Explore corporate finance in terms of capital structure, taxation, and bankruptcy.
Module 4 Exit strategies: Initial public offerings (IPOs) and mergers and acquisitions (M&A)
Explore critical decisions companies make and whether value is gained through decisions.
Module 5 Corporate governance
Explore corporate governance issues in companies.
Module 6 Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors
Discover the components of ESG factors.