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Management Foundations: Financial Statements

Non-Degree Seminars: Management Foundations: Financial Statements
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Financial statements attempt to convey the financial position and results of operations of a business. However, in many cases the underlying economics of a firm are not readily apparent based on a casual review of financial statements. This seminar is designed to help users of financial statements take a deeper look, and identify indicators that have been demonstrated to be useful in predicting future economic performance. Both positive and negative indicators will be discussed; the seminar will draw upon a large number of examples to illustrate the concepts.


  • Using financial statements to assess the financial health of a firm
  • Identifying firms with sustainable performance
  • Identifying firms that are fraud risks and/or have used aggressive accounting


  • Understand and evaluate the income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows
  • Use financial statements to make investment decisions
  • Evaluate the financial position of a firm

Who should attend

Managers and executives who need a better understanding of financial statements


Area of Expertise: Accounting, Financial Reporting, Managerial Accounting Research Interests: Accounting - Financial Reporting Awards/Honors: University Scholar, Northwestern University Graduate School, 1999 Doctoral Dissertation Award in Business, State Farm Companies Foundation,...

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