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MBA 673: Financial Strategy and Business Decisions
Course Outline and TimeTable - Fall 2018

 
   
 

Class Meeting Days

Topics

Projects, Deadlines, Resources

Class 1
September 11

No In-Class Meeting
Porter Analysis, Corporate Strategy and Valuation
The interdependence of marketing/ management/ production decisions from the point of view of a project/firm value maximizing manager
(Slides)

Form your groups

Video on Porter Analysis and Resource-Based View

Class 2
September 18

Introduction to Dupont Analysis (Slides)
How Marketing Strategy can be improved/monitored through Dupont Analysis
Implementation of Dupont Strategies (Slides)

Porter Model Assignment due

Class 3
September 25

No In-Class Meeting
Corporate Governance (Slides)

 Dupont Assignment Due

Class 4
October 2

No In-Class Meeting

Corporate Governance Assignment Due

Class 5
October 9


Capital Structure and Stockholder Incentives (Slides)

Chapter 16, "Bankruptcy Costs and Debtholder-Equityholder Conflicts" in Grinblatt and Titman (2001)
Group Assignment on Dupont Analysis of Firms Due
Ideas for Term Project -- one page write up due

Class 6
October 16

Capital Structure and Stockholder Incentives

Chapter 17, “Capital Structure and Corporate Strategy” in Grinblatt and Titman (2001)

Class 7
October 23

Capital Structure and Competition (Slides)

Chapter 17, “Capital Structure and Corporate Strategy” in Grinblatt and Titman (2001)
Short-Sighted Investment Problem Due

Class 8
October 30

Capital Structure and Competitive Strategy(Slides)
Review for Test 1

"Caterpillar Workers Ratify Deal They Dislike," New York Times, Aug. 18, 2012. (In Media Articles)

Class 9
November 6

Test 1
Capital Structure and Operating Strategy (Slides)
 

Class 10
November 13

Capital Structure and Operating Strategy

 

Class 11
November 20

Group Presentation
Risk Management -- Introduction and Tools (Slides)

Regression; Hedging Techniques – Options, Futures, Forwards;
Bodie, Merton and Cleeton, Chaps. 10 and 11

Class 12
November 27

Hedging and Improved Planning for Future Capital Needs
Hedging and Improved Management Compensation Design (Slides)

Chapter 21: Risk Management and Corporate Strategy in Grinblatt and Titman (2001)
Class 13
December 4

Risk Management and the Firm
Hedging and Reduction of Financial Distress Costs
Financial Flexibility and Operational Flexibility (Slides)

Chapter 16: Risk Management in Nonbank Corporations in Crouhy, Galai and Mark (2001)
“A Framework For Risk Management,” by Kenneth Froot, David Scharfstein and Jeremy Stein in HBR (1994)
Chapters 3 and 4: A Firm-Wide Approach to Risk Management in Rene Stulz, Risk Management and Derivatives
The importance of financial flexibility, Sept. 9, 2005
, Financial Times (accessible from Media Articles Page under Finance and Strategy.

Class 14
December 11

Risk Management: Case
Group Presentations
Test 2

Risk Management at Apache, HBS case 9-201-113; write-up due by midnight by email.

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