Managerial Finance for non-finance Managers

What you can expect

Accounting is the language of business. A skillful use of the language including the interpretation and use of relevant financial ratios is necessary for anyone who needs to evaluate business prospects, take active part in business discussions and decisions, or just follow the constant flow of business news.

This module provides the participants with the foundations of Financial Reporting and Financial Analysis from a management perspective. Your companies and your business activities will be used throughout the module.


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Content of the Workshop

1) Financial reporting. What is the content of, and relation between, the cash flow statement, the income statement and the balance sheet? How will business decisions affect cash flow, profits and balance sheets? How can financial reports be used to understand the position and the strategy of a particular company?

2) Investment and risk.

a. Methods for investment appraisals (pay-back, NPV, & IRR).

b. How can we use the value logic to improve our everyday business activities

c. Which are the risks in your business and how can we handle them?

3) Financial performance and strategy. How can financial reports be used to assess the financial performance of your company?

a. We present a comprehensive system of financial key ratios that allow us to assess the company’s profitability, financial position, liquidity and growth prospects. It will answer questions such as “is the company profitable enough”, and “can it finance its expansion without jeopardizing its financial position”?

b. Financial analyses of the participants companies and their business landscape. The analysis will portray the financial consequences of different strategies.

c. Financial and operational risks of different strategic alternatives.




The teaching approach is inductive, i.e. starts in observed phenomena and adds on theories whenever they are needed to analyze the phenomena. A starting point is that the participants are users, rather than producers, of financial information. Consequently, articles from business media and press releases from companies will be used throughout the module, as live mini-cases cases to explore and analyze.

There will be a blend of teaching methods: short lectures, work in buzz groups, quizzes, panel presentations, competitions, live mini-cases, group work, and plenary discussions.




After the program, the participants should:

1) Share and understand a common financial language that can be used for analysing your business environment.

2) Understand the relationship between strategic alternatives, financial consequences and value creation.

3) Understand how everyday business activities relate to financial consequences and how these in turn relate to the mission of your company.




Dr. Mikael RUNSTEN and Dr. Magnus BILD are founding partners of Bild & Runsten AB, a company that trains executives as well as financial specialists. Their areas of specialization are financial reporting and corporate finance. They primarily work with designing and delivering tailor-made programs for management teams of major international companies and organizations. They also frequently contribute as lecturers and/or as a course directors in executive programs offered by several European management institutes.

Admissions and logistics
Language: English
Venue: Block A, Tongji Building
Deadline for registration: