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[Stanford Graduate School of Business] Finance and Accounting for the Nonfinancial Executive

Learn how to make better financial management decisions to increase the value of your company in the marketplace. Many executives rise to positions of great responsibility with less knowledge of these finance and accounting basics than they’d like to have.

This highly focused curriculum taught by Stanford GSB faculty will help you identify trends, make performance comparisons with competitors, and practice financial forecasting. It will demystify the data, clarify key concepts, and teach you important frameworks and fundamentals.

You’ll explore how much debt a company should accept, the appropriate analysis for better investment decisions, the measurement of the cost of capital, and the payment of cash dividends to investors.

Course Duration

11 Nov 2018 to 16 Nov 2018, full-time, in-person

Course Outline

How can you use numbers to make better corporate decisions? How can you effectively communicate the financial performance and value of your business? And how can you use finance and accounting to tell a compelling story about your company? Finance and Accounting for the Nonfinancial Executive will help you do all of this with greater competence and confidence.

Construction of Financial Statements
Study the mapping between underlying economic events and financial statements, and learn how this mapping affects inferences about future profitability and cash flows. In particular, you will examine the construction of financial statements from transaction information and recognize the importance of judgment in accounting and its potential effect on financial statements.

Understand how to gather and use accounting and cash-flow information to make short-term and long-term managerial decisions, and recognize the critical role played by taxes in capital budgeting situations.

Capital Structure: The Choice Between Debt and Equity
Identify the factors that must be considered in determining a firm’s optimal capital structure, and learn how the market reacts to changes in that structure.

Course Outcome

Become a well-informed strategic user of fundamental accounting and financial principles, and engage effectively with financial stakeholders.

Upon completion of the course, participants will earn a certificate of completion.

Who Should Attend

  • Mid- to senior-level executives in general management, corporate planning, marketing and sales, or other functional areas — from any size company, any industry, and any country
  • Anyone in a top-level position who isn’t completely comfortable with reading financial statements and other financial information, and making financially based decisions

Course Fees

US$12,600 (The programme fee includes tuition, private accommodations, all meals, and course materials.)

To apply for this course, click here.

Application Deadline

28 Sep 2018

Payment is due upon admission. Your space is secured upon receipt of full payment.

Learn more about payment, financial aid, and cancellation policies.

Contact Information

Executive Education, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Contact: Angel Dodson, Associate Director of Programs
Tel: +1 (650) 725-0691​
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: StanfordGSB
Twitter: @stanfordgsb
LinkedIn: stanford-graduate-school-of-business

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