Finance for Non-Financial Managers

A Unique Financial Development Experience for Managers

This interactive, two-day program enables participants to develop an understanding of the fundamentals of finance, to gain confidence to communicate in the language of finance, to learn the latest techniques of financial analysis, and to explore the use of these techniques in making strategic decisions. Each aspect of the program is designed for experienced managers who work in non-financial areas with profit-and-loss or budgetary responsibilities, and individuals targeted for major promotion who require an understanding of finance and accounting.

You will acquire:
  • An understanding of fundamental financial terminology and concepts
  • Confidence in the use of financial information in your business situations
  • The ability to communicate effectively with financial managers, treasurers and controllers

Who Attends

Non-financial mid-to-upper level managers in functional areas such as

  • Marketing
  • IT
  • Sales
  • Human Resources
  • Operations
  • General Managers with budgets and planning responsibility

    Note: A Baccalaureate degree is required. Instruction is at the graduate level.


Financial Statement Analysis

  • Using financial statements for evaluating a firm.

Financial Analysis:

  • Developing analysis techniques used by managers and investors.

Financial Planning

  • Developing an understanding of financial planning.

Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC)

  • Developing the skills required to calculate components of funds and a theoretical understanding WACC issues.

Time Value of Money

  • Gain understanding of the “Time Value of Money” concept through lecture and completion of hands-on exercises.

Capital Budgeting

  • Defining the general steps of the capital budget process
  • Distinguishing between the different types of capital budgeting projects
  • Performing cash flow estimation in pro forma context;
  • Calculating capital budgeting measures and applying decision rules
  • Understanding the weakness inherent in their measures
  • Intuitively understanding how NPV and IRR are similar and different.

Corporate Strategy:

  • Developing a conceptual understanding of general corporate activities and considering the value-transferring aspects of these activities.


Finance for Non-Financial Managers Program Faculty

Chip Wiggins is the Dean of Business & McCallum Graduate School and the Director of the Bentley Microcredit Initiative. His teaching and research focuses on corporate governance, ownership and control. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in microfinance, corporate and financial strategy, advanced corporate finance topics and equity markets. His research interests include board of director effectiveness and compensation, executive compensation, and corporate expansions such as mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures and reverse takeovers. Wiggins began teaching at Bentley in 1996 as an assistant professor. He was tenured and promoted to associate professor in 2002 and to professor in 2007. Prior to that, he taught at Georgia State University and Kennesaw State University, both in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dean Wiggins has designed and delivered executive education programs for schools including Bentley University, Georgia State University and Northeastern University; for companies such as Georgia Pacific, LL Bean, Arbella Insurance and Digital Equipment; and for professional/trade associations like the Turnaround Management Association, the Northeast Gas Association and the National Investor Relations Institute. Wiggins holds a Doctor of Philosophy and a Master of Science in Finance from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English, with a concentration in creative writing from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.

Teaching Interests: Microfinance; Corporate & Financial Strategy; Equity Markets

Research Interests: Board of Director Effectiveness; Incentive Compensation; Corporate Governance; International Equity Markets; International M&A and Joint Ventures; Microfinance

Days, Time & Registration

2 Day Program    

Session Times : 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Dates offered:
Spring: June 4-5, 2018

Cost:  $1750

Register 30 days prior to session start date to receive an early registration discount of 10%

The pace of change in today’s business environment requires that working professionals continually enhance critical management skills to creatively improve business performance in all areas.  With state-of-the-art technology and highly accomplished faculty who have real-world experience, Bentley University is fully engaged in the world of business practice.

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