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Chicago Booth Approach to Finance

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May 16, 2023
8 weeks, 3-5 hrs/week
USD $2,800
100% Online with live sessions
Haresh Sapra
English, Portuguese and Spanish
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Program Overview:
Chicago Booth Approach to Finance

The business world is marked by volatility and unpredictability. Yet one thing remains constant—the language of business. And this competitive business world requires leaders to have a solid understanding of core financial accounting principles to make effective decisions in their organization.

The Chicago Booth Approach to Finance program offers you a unique opportunity to discover accounting from the Chicago Booth perspective, which views accounting as the language of business rather than a mere set of standards.

Over eight weeks, renowned Chicago Booth Professor Haresh Sapra will guide you through key financial statements. You’ll become familiar with their main components and know how to prepare them. Ultimately, after acquiring an understanding of how to interpret a company’s financial statements and position, you’ll be able to make impactful decisions to stay ahead of the competition, achieve strategic growth, and create shareholder value.

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Program Takeaways:

  • Strengthen your financial decision-making by learning core finance and accounting principles.
  • Learn how to evaluate and identify red flags in financial statements and balance sheets.
  • Discover how the relationship between profit and cash flow is crucial to the health of an organization.
  • Learn how to gain insight into an organization’s efficiency and profitability by using tools such as ratios and liability analysis.
  • Acquire the tools toperform financial forecasting for proper business planning.
  • Strengthen your finance and accounting terminology to better communicate across your organization.
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Haresh Sapra

Charles T. Horngren Professor of Accounting

Haresh Sapra studies the real effects of accounting measurement policies, disclosure regulation, and corporate governance. His current research deals with issues of disclosure, transparency, and financial reporting for financial institutions. For example, how do accounting measurement rules impact the optimal design of prudential regulation for financial institutions? To what extent should accounting and prudential regulation be linked? What is the impact of loan loss provisioning models on banks’ risk-taking behavior?

His research has been published in journals such as The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Games and Economic Behavior, and the Journal of Accounting and Economics. He teaches financial accounting to executive students and a PhD course on the economic modeling of accounting issues. He has previously taught an MBA elective on Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Restructuring Issues to full-time and part-time students.

Sapra has won numerous teaching awards in all the programs at Booth. He has been named one of the top-ranked professors in the BusinessWeek Guide to the Best Business Schools. Sapra is also the recipient of the Ernest R. Wish Accounting Research Award for his paper titled “Do Mandatory Hedge Disclosures Discourage or Encourage Excessive Speculation?”

Sapra earned a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota. He joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 2000.

Sapra is an accomplished runner who has competed in over thirty marathons. He has a personal best time of 2:53:06.

Who Should Attend?

This program is designed for mid- to senior-level managers from across an organization, within a wide range of industries, who do not have formal training in finance and accounting. Executives who wish to update their knowledge of the core finance and accounting principles will also benefit from this program.


By completing this program, you’ll…

  • Become a member of the Chicago Booth Executive Education network, which represents nearly 60,000 executives across 130 countries.
  • Receive a certificate of completion, as well as a digital badge that serves as an online credential to be shared among your social networks. You’ll also have the opportunity to join our private LinkedIn groups to grow your professional networks.
  • You’ll have learned from world-class faculty within a university associated with 92 Nobel laureates.

Chicago Booth has nine faculty members who have won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, and their knowledge and research help shape our Executive Education programs.

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