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This free course, Introducing corporate finance, introduces you to the importance of finance and the role it plays in organisations. It explains the different functions of money and the ways in which finance is linked to organisational strategies. The course also explores the ways in which finance is linked to the governance of organisations, how organisations fund their activities, and the role of the finance and accounting functions.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- identify the key themes in corporate finance
- explain the role of finance in an organisation
- explain and analyse the interrelationship between finance and governance
- analyse the relationship between strategic decision making and corporate financing decisions.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- The importance of corporate finance
- The role of money
- Finance and managers
- The public sector and not-for-profit sector
- External stakeholders
- The finance department
- Finance and accounting
- Financial control and treasury
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Introducing corporate finance
In this course you will study the theories and concepts of corporate finance that are relevant to today’s business managers, whether they work in the for-profit sector, public sector or not-for-profit sector.
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This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Finance courses or view the range of currently available OU Finance courses.
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Originally published: Tuesday, 24th July 2012
Last updated on: Thursday, 11th February 2016
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