Leading With Finance

Harvard Business School

Program Description

Leading With Finance

Harvard Business School

Build an intuitive understanding of finance to better communicate with key stakeholders and grow your career.

As a business leader, it is critical that you can understand and communicate the financial implications of your decisions. How will you generate value? How will your decisions impact shareholders?

Leading with Finance is an online program designed to provide you with a thorough understanding of the principles of finance – a toolkit for making smart financial decisions and the confidence to clearly communicate those decisions to key internal and external stakeholders.

This program also highlights the importance of incorporating subjective judgments into financial decision-making, empowering you to firmly grasp the bigger picture and become a more effective leader. Participating in Leading with Finance will allow you to:

  • Understand key financial levers that drive financial performance
  • Discover how and why finance is concerned with cash flow versus profits
  • Identify ways to create and measure value
  • Examine how the capital markets work and how they affect your business
  • Develop a deep financial intuition that will give you the tools and confidence to make better decisions in your career and life
  • Engage with like-minded peers from around the globe and content developed by the best and brightest of Harvard Business School faculty

Program Structure

Leading with Finance consists of approximately 40 hours of material delivered over a six-week period with a flexible program structure. There is no set time to log in. You complete the coursework on your own time while meeting regular deadlines. All course material is delivered through the innovative HBX online platform. There will be weekly quizzes and a capstone assignment due at the end of the program.

The HBX Learning Model centers around the Harvard Business School case method, featuring interviews with business leaders and executives from companies around the world who candidly discuss challenges they've faced or obstacles they've overcome. We ask you to step into their shoes and engage with your peers to work through these real-world business scenarios.

The case protagonists in Leading with Finance represent some of the best and brightest from the worlds of corporate finance, private equity, and investment management.

Topics covered in the program include:

  • Financial Analysis
  • Finance versus Accounting
  • Capital Markets
  • Creating Value
  • Valuation
  • Capital Allocation

Participants in Leading with Finance are eligible for a Certificate of Completion from HBX and Harvard Business School. To earn the certificate, you must successfully complete all coursework by the stated deadlines and actively contribute to the vibrant HBX learning community.

Cohort Dates

November 2018

  • Length: 6 weeks
  • Program Dates: 11/7/18 - 12/19/18
  • Cost: $1,500
  • Application Deadline: October 29

January 2019

  • Length: 6 weeks
  • Program Dates: 1/16/19 - 2/27/19
  • Cost: $1,500
  • Application Deadline: January 7

March 2019

  • Length: 6 weeks
  • Program Dates: 3/27/19 - 5/8/19
  • Cost: $1,500
  • Application Deadline: March 18

Who would benefit?

Leading with Finance is designed for individuals who need to look at their business from a deeper financial perspective and who wish to gain the skills and confidence needed to make and convey better financial decisions. This program is also for finance professionals who wish to update their knowledge of finance in order to grow their career.

Admissions

It is free to apply and applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis, so early application is encouraged. Successful applicants will have an undergraduate degree, or be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program, and demonstrate a desire to contribute to the vibrant HBX learning community. Proficiency in written and spoken English is essential.

A basic understanding of accounting and business practices is recommended prior to taking this program, but no prior knowledge of finance is required.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Last updated October 3, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Online
Start Date
Start date
Jan. 17, 2019
Mar. 28, 2019
Duration
Duration
6 weeks
Part time
Price
Price
1,500 USD
Information
Deadline
Jan. 8, 2019
for January start
Locations
USA - Cambridge, Massachusetts
Start date : Jan. 17, 2019
Application deadline Jan. 8, 2019
for January start
End date Feb. 28, 2019
Start date : Mar. 28, 2019
Application deadline Mar. 19, 2019
for March start
End date May 9, 2019
Start date : Nov. 8, 2019
Application deadline Oct. 30, 2018
for November start
End date Dec. 20, 2019
Dates
Jan. 17, 2019
USA - Cambridge, Massachusetts
Application deadline Jan. 8, 2019
for January start
End date Feb. 28, 2019
Mar. 28, 2019
USA - Cambridge, Massachusetts
Application deadline Mar. 19, 2019
for March start
End date May 9, 2019
Nov. 8, 2019
USA - Cambridge, Massachusetts
Application deadline Oct. 30, 2018
for November start
End date Dec. 20, 2019