Finance for Executives

INSEAD Business School

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  • 8 days
  • in person

INSEAD Business School


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Who should attend

The programme is designed for non-financial executives, including general managers, senior functional managers outside finance, board members and corporate customer-relations officers in financial service organisations who require a better understanding of the financial impact of business decisions.

About the course

As organisations and business become more global and increasingly disparate, it is essential that executives have a firm grasp on finance to ensure that they maximise value.

Exploring the diverse financial challenges facing today's decision-makers, Finance for Executives is a comprehensive introduction to accounting and financial analysis. It aims to give executives who are not financial specialists an understanding of the financial consequences of strategic decisions and to equip them with tools to integrate the financial approach into their decision-making.

This programme is designed to increase your skills in communicating effectively with those in finance and accounting to ensure that your organisation’s functions are better integrated, significantly boosting the firm’s overall value. As a result of attending, you will contribute to ensuring a sound financial basis for your organisation’s strategic planning and decisions.

How you benefit

  • Broader skill set. Gain better understanding of the key financial elements of Value-Based Management.
  • Valuable communication skills. Improve your effectiveness in communicating with accounting and finance colleagues.
  • Customised application of insights. Review financial statements from your own company or business unit – with the help of our expert faculty.
  • New tools and methods. Acquire powerful techniques to aid analysis and decision-making.

Content Overview

Finance for Executives looks at the impact of corporate policies and operations on financial performance. Participants learn how to interpret financial information to get to the business reality behind the numbers. They look at how to appraise investment opportunities and gain insights into the financial consequences of their strategic decisions.

Participants are introduced to the principles of Value-Based Management and how to manage resources to create shareholder value – including potential value creation (or destruction) through corporate restructuring.

Corporate financing and valuation

In order to make value-increasing decisions, executives must know how firms are valued in financial markets. Amongst other topics, you will learn how industry-specific factors can affect the financial structure and valuation of a business, how a firm finances its development and how valuation of a company is handled.

Value-Based Management

The programme will provide a full introduction to the principles of Value-Based Management and its link to performance measurement and managers' compensation. You will also learn how to manage for profitable growth.

Mergers and acquisitions

This part of the programme explores the potential for value creation from corporate restructuring and the potential drivers for value creation or destruction.

Analysis of investment decisions

The appraisal of investment opportunities is one of the most important management processes for a firm. In this module, you will review the various methods commonly used to analyse investment projects.

Financial accounting and analysis

You will have the opportunity to review financial statements from your own organisation and discover how to interpret the information in order to manage more effectively.


Lily Hua Fang

Lily Fang is an Associate Professor of Finance at INSEAD. Based in Singapore since 2003, she contributed to the development of the INSEAD Singapore campus. At INSEAD Professor Fang teaches corporate finance, capital markets, valuation, private equity, and entrepreneurial finance in the MBA and Ex...

Theo Vermaelen

Theo Vermaelen is UBS professor of Investment Banking in honor of Henry Grunfeld at INSEAD and visiting Professor of Finance at Chicago Booth. Although he conducts research on a variety of topics in corporate finance such as mergers and acquisitions, CoCo bonds, floating priced convertibles, div...

Urs Peyer

Urs Peyer is the Dean of Master Programmes and an Associate Professor of Finance at INSEAD. He holds a PhD in Finance from the Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina, and a Lic.rer.pol. from the University of Berne, Switzerland. Urs Peyer’s research interests focus on corpor...

Pascal Maenhout

Pascal Maenhout is an Associate Professor of Finance at INSEAD. He teaches corporate finance, portfolio theory, and capital markets in MBA, PhD and Executive Education programmes. He graduated summa cum laude from the Department of Economics at the University of Leuven, Belgium and obtained an MA...

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