Rotterdam School of Management

Finance for Communication Professionals

Available dates

Mar 17—19, 2020
3 days
Rotterdam, Netherlands
EUR 2650 ≈USD 3038
EUR 883 per day


Coursalytics is an independent platform to find, compare, and book executive courses. Coursalytics is not endorsed by, sponsored by, or otherwise affiliated with Rotterdam School of Management.

Full disclaimer.

About the course

Understanding how organisations interact with financial markets is an essential success factor for corporate communication professionals. This three-day programme covers the fundamentals of finance and accounting. You will learn what information stakeholders need, and how to calculate the different concepts. Accordingly, you will be able to truly understand the relevant financial concepts and speak the same language as financial stakeholders.

As part of this programme, we aspire to achieve the following:

  • Identify the relevant important stakeholders of financial information;
  • Understand what stakeholders want for information;
  • Use accounting and finance metrics to determine if a company has what stakeholders want.

As such, we will use the stakeholder model of strategic management to link stakeholders to their respective goals/targets and, in a second step, elaborate on the appropriate way to address them.


The programme includes lectures that provide theoretical frameworks, and case studies to help you practise the theoretical concepts.

Day 1 focuses on:

  • Introduction to accounting
  • Types of financial information and which stakeholders need them
  • Case study

Day 2 focuses on:

  • Review of day 1
  • Shareholder panic when earning targets aren't reached
  • What shareholders mean when they claim to worry about risk
  • Risk measurement
  • Case study

Day 3 focuses on:

  • Review of day 2
  • Integrated reporting (governance, business model, performance, forecasting and more)
  • Options as part of executive compensation
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Crises
  • Wrap-up

Learning objectives

After this programme, you will be able to:

  • define the scope and objectives of corporate communication in relation to financial information
  • identify relevant stakeholders and their goals/worries
  • define “crisis” and “crisis management”, especially in a financial context
  • understand and interpret the financial statements of corporations (balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement)
  • calculate and interpret the most important financial ratios
  • understand and apply the concept of “time value of money”
  • calculate and apply the net present value method (NPV/DCF) correctly as well as understanding the impact of the main input parameters
  • understand and calculate the appropriate discount rate to be used in an NPV calculation
  • understand and apply the capital asset pricing model (CAPM)
  • understand and explain the basics of portfolio theory (beta)

Who should attend

This three-day programme is designed for communication professionals with little to no financial knowledge, who would like to complement their communication skills with essential financial skills.

It is recommended to have a minimum of 3 years of work experience.

Trust the experts

Florian Madertoner

Florian Madertoner is a Lecturer at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. He holds a degree in Banking- and Finance. Florian’s research interests include Capital Structure Theory, Behavioral Finance, Fraud and the History of Finance. He is responsible for the Finance part of th...


Course reviews

Downloadable files