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Sloan School of Management

Fundamentals of Finance for the Technical Executive

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Jun 20—21
2 days
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
USD 3700
USD 1850 per day
Oct 31—Nov 1
2 days
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
USD 3700
USD 1850 per day


This program is designed to provide senior technical managers with the financial concepts, strategies, and tools needed to deal more effectively with corporate financial management. Course curriculum focuses on basic financial principles for project evaluation, funding, and resource allocation, helping leaders to work more effectively with financial decision makers and apply the principles of finance to short-term and long-range goals.

Today's technical executive must be able to use finance to persuade corporate financial officers to fund projects as well as use financial tools to address senior management's concerns about risk. Focused on basic principles of accounting and financial decision making for managers, this program will help transform a technical manager’s ability to manage and advocate for both day-to-day and long-term activities.

This interactive, hands-on program will enable participants to:

  • Understand how funding decisions are made and how they can influence those decisions by applying financial principles to project evaluation and resource allocation
  • Learn how to assess projects for their potential economic value
  • Conduct discounted cash flow (DCF) valuations

Sample Schedule—Subject to Change


  • 07:45AM - 08:30AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 08:30AM - 12:30PM Basic Concepts of Finance, Case Study of Wilson Lumber and In-Class Group Work
  • 12:30PM - 01:30PM Networking Lunch
  • 01:30PM - 05:30PM Introduction to Project Evaluation, Investment Evaluation Exercise
  • 05:30PM - 06:30PM Reception


  • 07:45AM - 08:30AM Continental Breakfast
  • 08:30AM - 12:30PM More on Project Evaluation
  • 12:30PM - 01:30PM Networking Lunch
  • 01:30PM - 04:30PM Project Evaluation, Case Study and In-Class Group Work

Who should attend

This program is designed for executives who manage project teams and departments, and technical professionals involved with R&D, product and software design, engineering, and other scientific and technical work. No advanced quantitative skills are required, but participants should bring calculators. Past participants have included key members of technical management, such as:

  • CIOs
  • Chief technologists
  • Head scientists
  • R&D and product development directors
  • Engineering and manufacturing vice presidents
  • Corporate strategists
  • Project managers
  • Systems information managers


Paul Mende is a Senior Lecturer in the Finance Group at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Mende co-founded, co-owned, and served as director of research from 2002 to 2010 for Fort Hill Capital Management, LLC, a hedge fund specializing in equity derivatives and dedicated to quantitative resear...


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