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Recommended Prep Courses

These preparatory courses are optional, but we recommend you to complete the stated prep course(s) or possess the equivalent knowledge prior to enrolling in this course:

  1. Introduction to Corporate Finance
  2. Building a 3 Statement Financial Model
  3. Business Valuation Modeling

Corporate & Business Strategy Course Overview

Strategy matters to all operating companies, as it is a major determinant of the success of their business. This Corporate & Business Strategy course will cover the most important terminologies, theories, concepts, and frameworks on strategy. The course is designed to guide you through a comprehensive strategic analysis process, and demonstrate the application of theories into real-world business situations.


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Strategy Class Learning Objectives

By completing this strategy course, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand how the strategic analysis process helps decision makers perform in-depth analyses and identify optimal strategic alternatives
  • Differentiate between the three levels of strategy (corporate, business, and functional)
  • Perform external analysis by looking at the supply chain, mapping out strategic groups, building competitive forces model and analyzing PEST factors
  • Perform internal analysis by understanding a company’s core competencies, competitive advantage, value chain activities and ways to sustain competitive advantages
  • Assess a company’s current corporate-level, business-level and functional-level strategies
  • Learn how to generate, evaluate and select optimal strategic alternatives through methods such as SWOT analysis, DCF analysis and multi-criteria analysis
  • Tie strategic alternatives to a company’s mission, vision and goals
  • Apply all theories taught in the lectures into a case study and generate the appropriate strategies using the provided information


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Why Take This Corporate & Business Strategy Course

CFI’s Corporate & Business Strategy course is beyond just academic definitions, theories and concepts — you will take raw data and information provided in the case study, perform analyses as guided through the video lectures, and build strategic alternatives based on the result of your analyses. At the end of the day, you will be able to create a detailed strategy document, describing the entire strategic analysis process from external analysis to the recommendation of strategic alternatives, which can then be presented to the management board of the company.

As a professional financial analyst, the ability to demonstrate both quantitative and qualitative analytical skills is a valuable asset to possess, which allows you to stand out from the competition.


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Who Should Take this Business Strategy Course

This strategy course is designed specifically for financial analysts. While it’s open to students from any background (consulting, sales, HR, etc), it’s tailored to demonstrate how strategic analysis can be tied to a Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) model and other types of financial modeling. 

Professionals who will get the most value from this class include investment banking, equity research, corporate development, equity research, and private equity.

Enroll now to learn how to perform comprehensive strategic analysis of a business from scratch!


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Approx 7.5h to complete

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What you'll learn

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This Course is Part of the Following Programs

Why stop here? Expand your skills and show your expertise with the professional certifications, specializations, and CPE credits you’re already on your way to earning.

Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA)® Certification
Corporate & Business Strategy is part of the Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA)® certification, which includes 39 courses.
  • Skills Learned Financial modeling and valuation, sensitivity analysis, strategy
  • Career Prep Investment banking and equity research, FP&A, corporate development
Commercial Banking & Credit Analyst (CBCA)® Certification
Corporate & Business Strategy is part of the Commercial Banking & Credit Analyst (CBCA)® certification, which includes 58 courses.
  • Skills Learned Financial Analysis, Credit Structuring, Risk Management
  • Career Prep Commercial Banking, Credit Analyst, Private Lending
Business Essentials Certificate
  • Skills Learned Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Business Communication, Data Visualization, Ethics
  • Career Prep Sales Skills, People Management Skills, Relationship Management Skills, Business Analysis Skills

What our students say

Excellent Course - Highly Recommended
This course provided some excellent learning material on business strategy and how to analyze a company's competitive landscape. It provided a good review of existing strategy frameworks that I'm familiar with (Porter's 5 forces, SWOT, PESTEL), while introducing new frameworks to my learning (Value chain, Alternatives Matrix, Strategic Group Map).

Paolo Hermogenes

Brilliant
I highly reconmmend taking this course

Aaron Kanyinda

Excellent
If you are a financial analyst or desires to own a business in the future, check this course out.

fotaw chambeng vivian

Happy to learn what i have acquired in this corse
I strongly advise students to take this course

Adriano Rafael Vicente Pange

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Frequently asked questions

What are the requirements to take the courses?
All of our certification programs are open to students and professionals in various industries and levels of experience. Our curriculum is designed to teach what you need to know from basic fundamentals to advanced practical case studies. To take the courses and complete the exercises, students will only need access to a PC and/or Mac, Microsoft Suite (2016 or newer), and a stable internet connection. Click here to view the Technical Requirements
Can I download the Excel files and financial modeling templates for the course?
Absolutely! All the files and templates needed in a course are available for download. Just look for a module that shows Downloadable Files within the course dashboard. See here for a visual guide on how to do this.
How long do I have to complete the courses?
You will have yearly access to the courses as long as you maintain an active subscription. All the courses are self-paced as well so you can take your time in learning without worrying about any deadlines. Click here to compare our available enrollment options.
Are CFI courses officially accredited?
Yes, CFI is accredited by the Better Business Bureau® (BBB) to maintain training standards, the CPA Institutions in Canada, and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) in the USA. Most of our courses qualify for verified CPE credits for CPA charter holders. Please refer to this page to view all available CPE credits.
Are there any additional fees or costs?
None! The bundle price includes everything and there are no additional fees or charges to earn your digital certification. You can see our enrollment fees listed here.
What currency are your courses priced in?
All our online courses are priced in USD. As this is a recurring payment, we accept all major credit and debit cards including Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.
How do I earn my certificates?
Students must complete all the video lessons, quizzes, and final assessments in each course. You can retake the assessments as many times as necessary until you reach an 80% passing grade. For more information on how to earn a course certificate, click HERE.
How are the exams conducted?
Students are required to complete an online assessment (Multiple choice questions, Fill-in-the-Blanks, and Excel Questions) at the end of each course. You can take the exams on your own schedule and will need to earn at least 80% to pass the course and earn your certificate of course completion. Please note that course exams can be repeated as many times as you need. Students are also required to complete the FMVA® final exam to earn their certification. How to Take a Qualified Assessment
Can I email the instructor if I have questions?
While the courses are designed mainly for self-study, we are happy to provide email assistance for general or technical support inquiries. The Full Immersion bundles include a premium email support function that allows you to communicate directly with in-house experts regarding course content. This is one of the key features that sets the Full Immersion bundle apart and makes it a worthwhile upgrade over the more affordable self-study bundle. You can compare more features in our bundles here.
Will these courses help me advance my career?
Based on hundreds of reviews from thousands of students we know how CFI courses have helped so many people advance their finance careers. Our courses are designed to be extremely practical and simulate the experience of being trained as a professional financial analyst…the ultimate way to advance your career. For real-world examples and to help delve even deeper into the course concepts, please look into our free career resources library.
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