Management and Leadership

Fundamentals of Finance for the Technical Executive

Dates: Nov 11-12, 2014| Jun 25-26, 2015| Nov 17-18, 2015

Certificate Track: Management and Leadership

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Tuition: $3,300 (excluding accommodations)

Program Days (for certificate credit): 2

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Today's technical executive must be able to use finance to persuade corporate financial officers to fund projects, and use financial tools to address senior management's concerns about risk. Applying basic principles of finance and accounting to day-to-day and longer-term management activities will transform a technical manager’s ability to achieve their goals.

Join the MySloanExecEd Community Group for this program to network with past, present, and future participants.

This interactive, hands-on program will enable participants to:

  • Understand how funding decisions are made and how they can influence those decisions by applying financial principles to project evaluation and resource allocation
  • Learn how to assess projects for their potential economic value
  • Conduct discounted cash flow (DCF) valuations

This program is designed for executives who manage project teams and departments, and technical professionals involved with R&D, product and software design, engineering, and other scientific and technical work. No advanced quantitative skills are required, but participants should bring calculators.

Past participants have included key members of technical management, such as:

  • CIOs
  • Chief technologists
  • Head scientists
  • R&D and product development directors
  • Engineering and manufacturing vice presidents
  • Corporate strategists
  • Project managers
  • Systems information managers

Please note that faculty are subject to change and not all faculty teach in each session of the program.

  • Nittai Bergman

    Associate Professor of Finance

    Nittai Bergman has been teaching MBA Corporate Finance since joining the MIT Sloan School of Management faculty in 2003.

    Bergman’s research interests are in the fields of corporate governance, financial contracting, and behavioral corporate finance. His work focuses on the ways in which financial frictions driven by agency costs impede the ability of firms to raise capital, the methods firms use to alleviate these frictions, and the real effects implied by the residual frictions...

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  • Paul Mende


    Paul Mende is a Lecturer in the Finance Group at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

    Mende co-founded, co-owned, and served as director of research from 2002 to 2010 for Fort Hill Capital Management, LLC, a hedge fund specializing in equity derivatives and dedicated to quantitative research, trading, and risk management...

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  • Antoinette Schoar

    Michael M. Koerner (1949) Professor of Entrepreneurship
    Professor of Finance

    Antoinette Schoar teaches in the areas of corporate finance and entrepreneurship. While at the MIT Sloan School of Management, she developed a new second-year elective course on entrepreneurial finance.

    Her current research examines returns and capital flows in the venture capital industry, the effect of managerial styles on corporate policies, and the impact of corporate governance changes on a firm’s performance...

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07:45 AM - 08:30 AMRegistration and Continental Breakfast
08:30 AM - 12:30 PMBasic Concepts of Finance, Case Study of Wilson Lumber and In-Class Group Work
12:30 PM - 01:30 PMLuncheon
01:30 PM - 05:30 PMIntroduction to Project Evaluation, Investment Evaluation Exercise
05:30 PM - 06:30 PMReception
07:45 AM - 08:30 AMContinental Breakfast
08:30 AM - 12:30 PMMore on Project Evaluation
12:30 PM - 01:30 PMLuncheon
01:30 PM - 04:30 PMProject Evaluation, Case Study and In-Class Group Work

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