Business Model Assessment
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Area of Study
Taught In English
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
A basic understanding about corporate finance is required to assess the efficiency and efficacy of a company’s business model. Would it be possible for companies like Google, Microsoft and Uber to develop (new) strategies and business models without insight in the present and future financial viability of the company? Corporate finance pertains to the sources of funding, the capital structure of corporations, and the actions that managers take to increase the value of the firm, as well as the tools and analysis used to allocate financial resources. The course Business Model Assessment provides an introduction in corporate finance for students in the program.
This course has three main learning objectives:
1. Gain knowledge of basic concepts and theories pertaining to firm behaviors in the area of corporate finance in order to assess the business (Knowledge)
2. Provide standard answers to hypothetical cases, e.g. through solving exercises from the textbook (Quantitative skills)
3. Apply obtained knowledge in corporate finance to real life cases, e.g. interpret financial information, formulate them into standard framework, and provide comments and remarks for corporate decision makers (Bridge theory and practice)
After participating in this course, you should:
- Understand corporate finance concepts, including their strengths and limitations in explaining the realities
- Understand unique features of these concepts and their interrelationship, and the relevant corporate finance theories for firm behaviors • Have quantitative skills to apply these concepts, e.g. solve exercises in the textbook
- Be able to choose between various concepts and apply them in real life cases, e.g. provide advice and remarks for corporate decision makers
The course will start with an introduction of business assessment approaches and basic concepts. We will start with an introduction to corporations, and proceed with financial statement analysis, financial decision making, investment decision rules, capital budgeting, and raising equity capital, etc. The focus is on applying concepts and theories to real-life situations during lectures, and providing students with feedback on their exercises and cases in the tutorials. We will explain the basic concepts and theories in the lectures, and apply to relevant exercises and cases in the tutorials. Students need to solve two cases in groups of 4 or 5 members, and present their reports in the tutorials.
lectures and tutorials
TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
Individual and group assessment
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