In today's uncertain economy, executives who can turn competitive analysis into a strategic advantage are at a premium. Focused on making financial analysis and valuation more relevant for key decision-makers, this program dives into the best practices for valuing businesses, benchmarking and comparative analysis, and executing strategy. In the process, participants will acquire a value-creating framework for benchmarking and improving performance, evaluating growth and restructuring opportunities, and shifting strategy as the competitive context evolves. You will return to your company with a deeper understanding of how to analyze performance over time and across companies—and how to create value for your organization and its shareholders.

What You Can Expect

Through an in-depth study of the valuation process, you'll acquire the analytical and financial skills to position your company for growth and profitability. With a deeper understanding of financial information, you'll be able to evaluate potential mergers and acquisitions, assess growth opportunities, project your company's future performance, develop a capital structure strategy, appreciate how financial markets rate your stock, and react to new ideas for creating value provided by consultants and activist shareholders.

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Through an in-depth study of the valuation process, you'll acquire the analytical and financial skills to position your company for growth and profitability. With a deeper understanding of financial information, you'll be able to evaluate potential mergers and acquisitions, assess growth opportunities, project your company's future performance, develop a capital structure strategy, appreciate how financial markets rate your stock, and react to new ideas for creating value provided by consultants and activist shareholders.

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Your Course of Study

Engaged in interactive lectures, relevant case studies, and small group discussions, you'll progress through a four-part curriculum that analyzes business strategy, accounting, financial performance, and valuation in the context of various business decisions such as strategic business changes, mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, restructuring, debt financing, activist campaigns, management buy-outs, private equity investments, among others. You'll master the concepts and skills to understand a company's financial numbers, evaluate the effectiveness of its strategy, and make sound business decisions.

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Engaged in interactive lectures, relevant case studies, and small group discussions, you'll progress through a four-part curriculum that analyzes business strategy, accounting, financial performance, and valuation in the context of various business decisions such as strategic business changes, mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, restructuring, debt financing, activist campaigns, management buy-outs, private equity investments, among others. You'll master the concepts and skills to understand a company's financial numbers, evaluate the effectiveness of its strategy, and make sound business decisions.

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Who Is Right for the Program

This financial analysis program is well suited for professionals who rely on financial information to make business decisions, are responsible for communicating their company’s economics, act as general managers, or who are involved in financial planning, business development, restructuring, or M&A activities. Participant titles may include CEO/COO/president, CFO/controller, general manager, vice president, executive director, audit committee member, investment analyst, investment manager, or investment banker.

When senior leaders attend the program with team members who will be implementing the framework and performing the analysis and valuation, the return on investment is multiplied. For example, a CEO might attend with direct reports, a CFO with the head of M&A, the VP of Strategy with a general manager, or a lead analyst with two or three team members. This also creates a common language for applying the framework and Excel-based tools across the organization.

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This financial analysis program is well suited for professionals who rely on financial information to make business decisions, are responsible for communicating their company’s economics, act as general managers, or who are involved in financial planning, business development, restructuring, or M&A activities. Participant titles may include CEO/COO/president, CFO/controller, general manager, vice president, executive director, audit committee member, investment analyst, investment manager, or investment banker.

When senior leaders attend the program with team members who will be implementing the framework and performing the analysis and valuation, the return on investment is multiplied. For example, a CEO might attend with direct reports, a CFO with the head of M&A, the VP of Strategy with a general manager, or a lead analyst with two or three team members. This also creates a common language for applying the framework and Excel-based tools across the organization.

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Every Harvard Business School Executive Education program is developed and taught by HBS faculty who are widely recognized as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, HBS faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to develop enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is an Executive Education teaching team whose groundbreaking insights challenge participants' thinking and enable them to become superior business leaders.

Faculty Cochair
Professor Healy's research has been published in a wide range of leading academic and practitioner journals, and has been honored with a number of awards. In particular, his work focuses on accounting, financial analysis, Wall Street, mergers and acquisitions, corruption, corporate boards, governance, and business ethics and leadership.
James R. Williston Professor of Business Administration. Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development. Member of the Accounting and Management Unit; and faculty cochair of "Strategic Financial Analysis for Business Evaluation." Read Full Bio
Faculty Cochair
Professor of Business Administration. Member of the Accounting and Management Unit; faculty chair of "Audit Committees in a New Era of Governance" and "Compensation Committees: New Challenges, New Solutions"; and faculty cochair of "Strategic Financial Analysis for Business Evaluation." Read Full Bio

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Every Harvard Business School Executive Education program is developed and taught by HBS faculty who are widely recognized as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, HBS faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to develop enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is an Executive Education teaching team whose groundbreaking insights challenge participants' thinking and enable them to become superior business leaders.

Paul M. Healy

Faculty Cochair
James R. Williston Professor of Business Administration. Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development. Member of the Accounting and Management Unit; and faculty cochair of "Strategic Financial Analysis for Business Evaluation."

Professor Healy's research has been published in a wide range of leading academic and practitioner journals, and has been honored with a number of awards. In particular, his work focuses on accounting, financial analysis, Wall Street, mergers and acquisitions, corruption, corporate boards, governance, and business ethics and leadership.  Read Full Bio

Suraj Srinivasan

Faculty Cochair
Professor of Business Administration. Member of the Accounting and Management Unit; faculty chair of "Audit Committees in a New Era of Governance" and "Compensation Committees: New Challenges, New Solutions"; and faculty cochair of "Strategic Financial Analysis for Business Evaluation."

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Admissions

The Admissions Committee meets monthly, and admits qualified candidates on a rolling, space available basis. Early application is strongly encouraged. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Because Executive Education programs enhance the leadership capacity of the participants as well as their organizations, HBS expects the full commitment of both.

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The Admissions Committee meets monthly, and admits qualified candidates on a rolling, space available basis. Early application is strongly encouraged. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Because Executive Education programs enhance the leadership capacity of the participants as well as their organizations, HBS expects the full commitment of both.

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Programs, dates, fees, and faculty are subject to change.

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