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Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education

Finance & Accounting for Non-Financial Managers

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Jun 5—7
3 days
Cambridge, United Kingdom
GBP 3594 ≈USD 4669
GBP 1198 per day
Dec 4—6
3 days
Cambridge, United Kingdom
GBP 3594 ≈USD 4669
GBP 1198 per day


Today’s managers need to be adept not only in their specific area of expertise, but also in being able to communicate effectively using the terminology of finance and accounting, especially in international contexts.

Moreover, job descriptions for senior positions invariably include specific reference to the requirement of performance monitoring using financial metrics, and annual employee reviews will in most cases include some or many references to decisions in the previous year within this framework.

A good grasp of key finance and accounting concepts is also often seen by employers as essential for career progression, as this enables team members to better assess risks and benefits and thus make better quality decisions that contribute to their organisation’s overall success.

Using lectures, worked examples and class discussions with frequent reference to delegates’ own business experiences, this programme demystifies the language of finance and accounting for managers with very little or no prior knowledge of the subjects.


  • Who uses accounting information and why?
  • Financial reporting and standardised disclosures
  • Underlying accounting assumptions
  • Performance measures
  • Economic value added
  • Ratio analysis
  • Sources and use of funds
  • Financial strategies
  • Cash flow
  • Capital budgeting
  • Value-based management


As a top 10 global centre of teaching excellence, delegates on Cambridge Judge Business School open programmes benefit from some of the world’s most experienced and knowledgeable teaching faculty.

Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Managers will give you the ability to better operate in your specific business environment as well as within other parts of your organisation.

On completion of the programme you will be able to:

  • Communicate more effectively with colleagues, senior management and other stakeholders using finance and accounting terms
  • Understand how annual reports and financial information are used to make better business decisions
  • Interpret a company's profitability, solvency and liquidity
  • Comprehend the economics of corporate investment decisions
  • Understand how various metrics are used to assess performance and decision making
  • Explore alternative business valuation principles and how you can impact the value drivers of your firm

This programme counts as one course for those completing the Cambridge Judge Business School General Management Certificate of Achievement. On completing the GMCA you will be eligible to become an associate member of Cambridge Judge Business School's global network of graduates and business-focused University of Cambridge alumni, faculty and staff.

Who should attend

Finance & Accounting for Non-Financial Managers is designed for professionals and emerging managers, who have experienced both success and promotion in their careers and need to better understand the language of finance and accounting in order to carry out their duties and progress further.

The programme is designed to give participants a thorough, fundamental overview of finance and financial accounting which they need to manage and discuss budgets, financial reports and different performance indicators. Potential applicants may be moving into a financial management role, and feel the need for more breadth and knowledge before they take on the new duties, or they may wish to refresh and go back to the fundamentals on their already acquired financial acumen. Please note this programme is not suited for experts in finance or accounting, or seasoned practitioners in these fields.

The programme will be of particular appeal to individuals who enjoy learning using practical examples that they can immediately relate to their own business experience.

This focus on real-life situations involving finance and accounting for non-financial managers is one of the main features of the programme.


University Lecturer in Accounting BBA (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), MBA (University of California, Berkeley), PhD (University of California, Berkeley) Research interests Stock markets and financial information: earnings quality, capital market reactions to accounting information, sell...
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