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Business Decisions and Investments: Risk and Financial Analysis

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Business decision investment requires sound financial processes and analysis to enhance the likelihood of success. It is important that the impact of strategic financial investments is clearly developed and expectations properly set. Starting with strategy, the Phases of Capital (planning, evaluation, status reporting, and post-completion auditing) provide the discipline foundation for a successful investment program. In addition to the specifics of investment management, the inclusion of appropriate quantified and non-quantified project cash flows is discussed as well as other aspects.

Specifically, this program develops a solid foundation for project analysis and a framework to understand a project’s risk and sensitivity. In exploring investment decisions, required rates of return are developed based on an organization’s cost of capital and extended as project “hurdle rates”. The business decisions addressed include: cost savings, capital equipment, capacity expansion, new product development, marketing programs and information technology as well as investments via acquisition.


  • Develop or improve their understanding of corporate investment decision-making
  • Understand best practices for investment analysis and process
  • Communicate and collaborate more effectively with professional finance clientele
  • Learn corporate investment valuation techniques to assess capital investment decisions including new products and acquisitions
  • Discuss appropriate investment rates of return and project financial feasibility
  • Increase comprehension of current financial analytical techniques for investment evaluation

Who should attend

Current and future company leaders and managers in decision making roles; individuals who may be identified for succession in the organization; technical individuals who propose capital expenditures; individuals who want to improve his/her understanding of these significant business processes.


Professor Weaver joined the full-time faculty at Lehigh in January 1998. He held the position of Director MBA and Professional Education (2003-2005) and the John C. Swartley ’24 Professorship (2004-2005 and 2012-2013). Prior to 1998, Dr. Weaver was the Lauer Adjunct Professor of Finance at Lehigh...
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