Analyzing Growth Drivers & Business Risks Overview
Understanding growth drivers and business risks are essential parts of analyzing a business or in formulating a solid corporate strategy. This can be achieved using a top-down approach, by first looking at the broader economy, followed by industry analysis, then at the company itself; this course introduces frameworks to assess each level in specific detail. We’ll look at how to conduct a PESTEL analysis before diving into the Porter’s 5 Forces framework to help understand the bargaining power of suppliers and of buyers, as well as the threat of new entrants. We’ll also explore the industry life cycle, competitive advantage and positioning, as well as Ansoff’s Matrix, before completing a SWOT analysis. Finally, we’ll work on two example case studies to demonstrate how the findings from these frameworks might help inform an analyst’s model assumptions.
We’ll also explore the industry life cycle, competitive advantage and positioning, as well as Ansoff’s Matrix, before completing a SWOT analysis. Finally, we’ll work on two example case studies to demonstrate how the findings from these frameworks might help inform an analyst’s model assumptions.
Analyzing Growth Drivers & Business Risks Learning Objectives
Upon completing this course, you will be able to:
Define key categories of growth drivers and business risks
Compare different business analysis frameworks
Define how economic, industry and company-level characteristics may influence business strategies and outcomes
Interpret the results of qualitative assessments
Explain how these results may inform financial analysis
Who should take this course?
This course is perfect for beginner and intermediate business and finance enthusiasts, including aspiring financial analysts, management consultants, and entrepreneurs.
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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
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