Risk & Finance
The situationThe CFO has a 360-degree outlook on the financial situation of the organization. Traditionally, CFO's were primarily responsible for profits and cash flow policy. New developments have widened this responsibility. Corporate focus is shifting from making profit to creating multiple value. Stakeholders such as (major) shareholders, governments, staff and customers are increasingly asking questions about sustainability policies. Social discord can affect a company's license to operate and have massive effects on its financial value creation. Proper risk management keeps company management in control. In sustainability reports, organizations give an account of their sustainability goals and developments.
The challengeThe CFO is responsible for connecting the internal organization with the capital market and other stakeholders. However, large and small corporations do not merely look at profit as the result of doing business anymore. Increasingly, parties such as pension funds include sustainability criteria in their investment policy. Investors are interested in Green Bonds – corporate loans aimed at financing sustainable investments. Moreover, the capital market has changed since the global financial crisis. Traditional providers of capital are hesitant, while new forms of corporate financing, such as block chain or blended finance, are booming. And finally, there is the looming question of how companies can include social costs, such as water or air pollution and the use of commodities, in their pricing (True Pricing).
The optionsDevelopments on the financial markets have a great impact on companies' financial management. Because these markets are highly interlinked, they can only be understood from an international perspective. There is also growing attention for human behavior as an explanation for both the developments on the financial markets and management behavior.
The study goals
The goal of the MBA module Risk & Finance is to study the standard methods within corporate financing and the financial markets, as well current (international) developments. You will acquire academic tools for the financial analysis of companies, value (creation) management, value assessment and risk management for both financial institutions and non-financial corporations. You will be able to apply these tools in your own organization straight away. Additionally, you will focus on the different aspects of sustainability that are relevant for corporate financing.
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