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
About the course
Learn how to make better financial management decisions to increase the value of your company in the marketplace.
Balance sheets and income statements. Cash flow and financial management. Many executives rise to positions of great responsibility with less knowledge of these finance and accounting basics than they’d like to have. Finance and Accounting for the Nonfinancial Executive will demystify the data, clarify key concepts, and teach you important frameworks and fundamentals.
This highly focused curriculum taught by Stanford GSB faculty will help you identify trends, make performance comparisons with competitors, and practice financial forecasting.
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.
Become a well-informed strategic user of fundamental accounting and financial principles, and engage effectively with financial stakeholders.
- Understand the core concepts, terms, and techniques of finance and accounting.
- Utilize financial concepts to make better-informed decisions and become a greater asset to your company.
- Communicate more effectively with the key sources of financing: bankers, other lenders, and investors.
- Gain a broad overview of the financial marketplace and the role a company plays within it.
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.
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.
Research Statement Anne Beyer’s research interest is in the area of financial accounting with a focus on corporate disclosure, capital market prices, and corporate governance. Recent work has examined the properties of analyst and management earnings forecasts as well as investors’ reaction to di...
Research Statement Paul Pfleiderer’s early research was primarily focused on issues arising in financial markets when traders are asymmetrically informed. In pursuing that research he developed theoretical models that analyze how information is incorporated in prices through trading and how infor...
Research Statement Professor Joseph Piotroski’s research primarily focuses on financial reporting issues. Within this broad area, his research focuses on how capital market participants use financial accounting information for valuation and risk assessment purposes, how financial, legal, regulato...
Research Statement George Parker’s teaching and research interests are primarily in the field of corporate finance, management of financial institutions, and corporate governance. He is the author of numerous case studies related to these subjects which are used in the MBA Program at Stanford and...
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