Rotterdam School of Management

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About the course

Are you a manager with a quantitative background in engineering or sciences? Grasp the important aspects of finance in this twoday programme. You will learn how to read your company’s financial statements, and explore how investment projects and company divisions undergo financial valuation.

Understand the financial impact of decisions

The course, which is based on RSM’s popular Finance for Non-financial Managers programme, provides a foundation in the most widely used financial tools. In two days on campus – plus some online work before and after the course – you will learn the knowledge and insights to deal effectively with financial matters to help turn them into a business advantage.You investigate financial reporting in balance sheets, cash flow and income statements, and how you can use it for decision-making, performance management, business improvements and valuation. In addition to your knowledge of quantitative techniques, you will be able to cover calculations more effectively and practise spreadsheet modelling.

Learning objectives

When you have completed this programme, you will be able to:

  • explain how the role of finance can influence the overall success of an organisation
  • understand the key tools used by financial specialists
  • assess the financial performance of your organisation
  • interpret and evaluate financial data with your newfound practical skills
  • understand how organisations have become global leaders by driving their operational excellence
  • utilise your new, practical skills to interpret and evaluate financial data.

Who should attend

This programme is suitable for all current and prospective managers in non-financial roles who want to enhance their financial knowledge. It is particularly suitable for those with existing quantitative skills, including:

  • engineering (e.g. mechanical, electrical, architectural, chemical, agricultural)
  • sciences (e.g. physics, chemistry, statistics, mathematics)
  • economics, or econometrics.

Trust the experts

Arjen Mulder

Arjen Mulder is an assistant professor of finance at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. He earned his doctorate in business at Erasmus University. His teaching interests are focused in the area of corporate finance. He has taught a variety of courses at the executive level (MBA a...


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