Finance and Accounting for the Nonfinancial Executive™

at Columbia Business School - Morningside Heights

Course Details
$9,550 3 seats left
Start Date:

Mon, Nov 30, 8:30am - Dec 04, 5:30pm Eastern Time (5 sessions)

Morningside Heights, Manhattan
3022 Broadway Uris Hall
Btwn W 116th & W 120th Streets
New York, New York 10027
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 21 and older
Average Class Size: 25
Teacher: Doron Nissim

What you'll learn in this finance training:

In five days of hands-on, interactive sessions, Finance and Accounting for the Non-financial Executive provides you with a unique opportunity to deepen your expertise of finance and accounting for better management and decision-making capabilities.

The program features sessions on the role of accounting, key concepts of managerial and financial accounting, ratio calculation, and analysis of your company and shareholder value management.

A hallmark of this program that is unmatched in other Executive Education programs is the Corporate Financial Analysis, a hands-on detailed financial analysis of your company, or a company of your choosing with the help of faculty coaches. The analysis results in a customized financial profile that summarizes how the specific business is doing. Faculty coaches help you read this profile on different levels, discuss the importance of each number for your business and be able to tell how your business is doing based on the figures, assessing strengths and areas for improvements.

At the end of the program, you will have mastered key finance and accounting concepts and understand the relationships among profitability, cash flow, liquidity and growth, and identify the red flags in financial statements -- highly important in the current volatile financial context.

This course blends broad financial principles with practical applications.

How You Will Benefit in the Current Context
Participants report appreciating the thoroughness of the program: rigorous, but rewarding. The personal attention participants receive from faculty brings concepts into clearer focus more readily and helps participants quickly gain confidence in their new finance and accounting skills.

Summary of Benefits:
  • Understand accounting's role in business and master the language of accounting
  • Learn and apply key concepts of managerial and financial accounting
  • Calculate ratios and develop a sound ratio analysis
  • Receive faculty coaching on your Corporate Financial Analysis
  • Apply finance and accounting concepts to shareholder value management
  • Identify red flags in financial statements
Upon completion of this program, you will earn five days towards a Certificate with select alumni and tuition benefits.

Topics include:

Day One
Articulating Principles of Accounting Building Blocks
  • Balance sheet
  • Income statement
  • Statement of cash flows
  • Income measurement: Cash flows versus earnings
Applying Accounting Principles
  • Revenue recognition
  • Matching
  • Conservatism
  • Manipulations and red flags
Day Two
Using Accounting Information to Make Better Decisions

  • Integrating financial and managerial accounting
  • Identifying profit opportunities with activity-based costing (ABC)
  • Understanding the balanced scorecard and efficient budgeting
  • Mastering net present value (NPV) calculations
Day Three
Understanding How to Analyze a Business
  • Review actual financial statements 
  • Reformulate the financial statements to facilitate informative profitability analysis
  • Develop a systematic ratio analysis to evaluate profitability
Hands-On Application: Corporate Financial Analysis
  • Review the financial statements of a company of your choosing, analyze its profitability, and discuss the analysis in small groups
Day Four
Determining What Makes a Business Valuable
  • Develop a systematic ratio analysis to evaluate earnings quality, growth prospects, risk, and market pricing 
  • Describe and demonstrate the application of fundamental and relative (price-multiple) valuation methods
  • Learn the role of valuation in mergers and acquisitions (M&A)
Hands-On Application: Corporate Financial Analysis
  • Applying the comprehensive ratio framework and valuation methods to analyze a company of your choosing, and discuss the analysis in small groups 
Day Five
Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation
  • Evaluate the firm's strategy
  • Understand its accounting choices 
  • Analyze its current performance 
  • Forecast its future performance 
  • Estimate its fundamental value
Real-World Experience in Real Time
  • Examining effective financial management in the real world
  • Talking to finance professionals
Participant Profile
This course is designed for midlevel to senior-level executives with five or more years of experience in corporate or divisional roles who seek a deeper understanding of finance and accounting.

The program is well suited for those in creative or technical fields and can also serve as a refresher for executives with some knowledge of finance and accounting.

Admissions Qualifications
Successful candidates should have managerial experience and responsibilities matching a program’s “Who Should Attend” or “Participant Profile” description. All registrations are subject to approval by Columbia Business School.

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Refund Policy
Notification of withdrawal must be sent in writing to CourseHorse. Full refunds can be obtained up to 30 days before the program start date. Due to the costs incurred for program preparation and administration, any cancellations or requests for transfers or deferrals received 30 days or less from the program start are subject to penalty fees as described below. 
  • More than 30 days notice: 0% Cancellation – Transfer Penalty
  • 14 to 30 days notice: 30% Cancellation – Transfer Penalty
  • Less than 14 days notice: 50% Cancellation – Transfer Penalty
Columbia Executive Education, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to limit enrollments regardless of acceptance status. Individuals who have paid tuition but who are deemed ineligible to participate due to such enrollment limitations will receive a refund.

Requests must be submitted in advance to Columbia Business School Executive Education and will be reviewed on an individual basis, based on participant qualifications and lead time needed for any program pre-work.

Transfers: Transfer requests must be submitted to Columbia Business School Executive Education and must indicate the new dates and/or new program the participant wishes to attend. Transfers are valid only within one year of the original program start date.

Refunds: Any remaining balance of a cancelled program's payment can be applied to another Columbia Business School Executive Education program within one year of the program date. After one year, the balance is nonrefundable.

Full tuition is nonrefundable under these conditions:
  • The registrant or substitute does not enroll in another program within one year of the original start date, and/or
  • The registrant or substitute defers or transfers more than two times.


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Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
8:30am - 5:30pm Eastern Time Doron Nissim 5 $9,550
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Tue, Dec 01 8:30am - 5:30pm Eastern Time Doron Nissim
Wed, Dec 02 8:30am - 5:30pm Eastern Time Doron Nissim
Thu, Dec 03 8:30am - 5:30pm Eastern Time Doron Nissim
Fri, Dec 04 8:30am - 5:30pm Eastern Time Doron Nissim

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