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Analyzing Growth Drivers & Business Risks Course 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.

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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Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA)® Certification
Analyzing Growth Drivers & Business Risks is part of the Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA)® certification, which includes 50 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
Analyzing Growth Drivers & Business Risks is part of the Commercial Banking & Credit Analyst (CBCA)® certification, which includes 59 courses.
  • Skills Learned Financial Analysis, Credit Structuring, Risk Management
  • Career Prep Commercial Banking, Credit Analyst, Private Lending

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Concise and insightful introduction to how to analyze growth drivers & business risks
This is a concise and insightful introduction to how to analyze a business's growth drivers and business risks using a top-down approach that uses a motley of macro, industry, and company frameworks, such as PESTEL, Porter's 5 forces, Ansoff Matrix, and SWOT. I highly recommend it.

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