Financial Accounting and Analysis for the Non-Financial Executive

Financial Accounting and Analysis for the Non-Financial Executive


Understanding and speaking the accounting language 

Language of instruction: English

Target group: Executives and managers who do not work in accounting, but who need and want to know accounting fundamentals to make better business decisions.

Program duration: 2 days

Method: Presentation, interactive discussion, individual exercises, case studies and group activities. Published financial statements of companies are used as real-life examples. 

Academic director: Prof. Dr. Alexander Himme


Getting the basics of accounting

  • Distinguishing assets, liabilities, equity, revenues, and expenses
  • Describing fundamental accounting concepts and principles 
  • Differentiating financial and managerial accounting

Reading financial statements

  • Income statement, statement of changes in equity, balance sheet 
  • Linkages between these statements 
  • Cash flow statement

Analyzing financial statements

  • Horizontal, vertical, and ratio analysis 
  • Ratios to assess the liquidity, creditworthiness, efficiency and profitability of a firm

Interpreting the cash flow statement

  • Direct versus indirect cash flow statement of a firm
  • Cash flow statement as a predictor of the solvency of a firm

Accounting treatment of tangible and intangible assets

  • Recognition of tangible assets 
  • The concept of depreciation
  • Reflection of intangible assets/activities in the financial statements

Earnings management

  • Accounting choices and how they affect financial outcomes
  • Options for earnings management 
  • Pros and cons of earnings management

Learning outcomes and benefits for your company

• Understand the meaning and fundamental components of financial statements (i.e. income/cash flow statement, balance sheet)
• Learn the inter-relationships between different components of financial statements
• Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of companies by using key financial ratios
• Realize how management decisions affect financial statements and vice versa 
• Acknowledge to what extent financial statements reflect the increasing importance of intangible assets 

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