Fall 2012 MBA Course

B6301-005: Corporate Finance

MW - Full Term, 04:00PM to 05:30PM

Location: URI 141

Instructor: Emily Breza


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This is the core course in finance, required of all students in the MBA Program. It may be considered the first course in corporate perspective. It focuses on the primary tasks of the corporate treasurer, showing students how to use ratio analysis to assess corporate performance and project financial statements and cash needs for both projects and whole companies. It devotes substantial time to the question of how much debt is optimal in a firm's capital structure. It then introduces discounted cash flow and shows how to estimate a weighted average cost of capital to use as a discount rate appropriate to a particular company or project. By the end of the course, students have all the tools necessary to value a company by projecting its free cash flow and discounting it at an appropriate rate.



Emily Breza

Assistant ProfessorEmily is an Assistant Professor at Columbia Business School. She received her Ph.D. from the MIT Economics Department and focuses on development economics and household finance in her studies. She is particularly interested in how financial decision-making interacts with both social effects and behavioral biases, and how financial product design can better integrate these factors. Some of her current research aims to use social...

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