All participants begin with common core courses that enhance essential accounting and corporate finance capabilities covering, for example, management control, strategic management accounting, the theory and practice of financial accounting, analyzing financial statements, and valuing companies. Remaining course work consists of elective courses. This allows you to design the type of specialization you prefer within the broader area of accounting and corporate finance.
Elective courses are organised around three topical themes that are all closely related. They all lie at the intersection where business strategy, processes, and information combine and represent critical functions in organisations to ensure that decisions, processes, and behaviors are consistent with corporate objectives and that strategies are related to performance. Case assignments, project work, and experiments are used extensively in the course work on all themes, and knowledge of research approaches and methods are integrated parts of the courses.
Courses can be combined freely across themes, allowing participants to benefit from the wide coverage of accounting and corporate finance that the extensive range of elective courses provide, as well as from the perspective changes that accompany moving across themes. Participants that rather want to specialise within a single theme are able to do so, thereby developing a deep understanding of key subject matters within the theme.
Accounting and management control
Courses within this theme deal with areas such as performance measurement and management to improve decision-making and strengthen motivation, contemporary management accounting techniques related to costing and pricing of products, as well as assessment of capital costs. The courses aim to increase participants’ understanding of linkages between strategy and performance, organizational characteristics, and the design of management accounting and control systems.
Corporate financial management
Courses within this theme provides techniques and models to assist in financial decision-making and in solving complex and unstructured practical corporate financial problems, and the insight to determine whether these decisions make sense in a strategic competitive context. The courses aim to improve participants’ skills in analyzing the need for and design of corporate restructurings, designing financial policies, and financing and managing the risk of ventures, be they start-ups, incumbent firms, or corporate transactions.
Financial accounting, assurance, and communication
Courses within this theme give a deep understanding of accounting, financial reporting, and assurance practices and of principles for choosing accounting treatment for complex transactions and events. The courses aim to enhance participants’ skills in interpreting financial information and their abilities to communicate the meaning of financial information, analyzing business transactions, preventing, detecting, and investigating corporate fraud, and challenging conventional accounting practices and solutions, regulations, and institutionalized preconceptions.