Spring 2014 EMBA Course

B7008-001: Earnings Quality & Fundamental Analysis

EMBA Saturday Electives, Menu G - 06:00AM to 07:00AM

Instructor: Norman Bartczak

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reporting provides a window into the operational and financial workings
of a company. However, translating this information into actionable
insights is anything but straightforward. It requires an understanding
of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), the quality of
financial information, and the adjustments and analyses required to
accurately measure and evaluate profitability, risk, growth prospects,
and value. This course is devoted to a systematic study of these
topics. In addition to discussing GAAP, we will analyze many actual
financial disclosures and cases of accounting abuses. We will also
cover standard and not-so-standard financial analysis techniques, and
incorporate insights from practitioner and academic research. The
primary objective is to acquire a deep understanding of accounting
information and how to intelligently use it in making investment,
credit, and similar resource allocation decisions. Such knowledge is
required of executives, bankers, analysts, investment managers, and
other users of financial information.



Norman Bartczak

Senior LecturerProfessor Bartczak’s seminars and teaching interests cover a broad range of topics, including corporate finance concepts and applications, financial accounting and reporting issues, credit policy and analysis, corporate restructurings and valuations and financial products. He is the author of more than 30 Harvard case studies, and he is the coauthor of more than 25 additional cases. While at Harvard Business School (1976–85), Bartczak was responsible for the...

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