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This course provides an introduction the strategic management of technology. “Technology Strategy” has three broad goals. The first is to understand the dynamics of technology markets.Second, we will examine how firms-both in the technology sector and outside-can leverage technologies and innovate to achieve competitive advantage. Finally, we will discuss how technological change shapes social organization, and how businesses can exploit these opportunities.
Specific topics and questions will include:
• How do firms leverage network effects to build sustainable competitive advantage?
• What are the optimal strategies for building multi-sided platforms?
• How should an incumbent firm respond to “disruptive” innovations?
• How can firms commercialize new innovations or scientific discoveries?
• What is the best way to organize for innovation?
• How do new technologies change the way we work and interact, and how should businesses respond?
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The main objective of “Corporate Transactions and Financial Modelling” is for you to acquire a lasting ability to successfully understand, analyze, model, value and creatively think about LBO, M&A, IPO and restructuring activities.
1. explore structural, accounting, regulatory, taxation, institutional and process-related aspects of different transactions
2. develop advanced valuation and financial statements analysis skills
3. prepare full-blown transaction models with integrated B/S, I/S and CFS using Excel 2010.
We use these models to study the feasibility of deals, to predict financial ratios and to explore liquidity and profitability consequences of different deal structures and assumptions. We use databases that are commonly used by practitioners and emphasize real-world applications. For example, you receive your own FactSet Desktop license including Excel add-in and we incorporate applications into the course. The overarching goal is to develop an advanced toolbox to succeed in a transactions-related role in IB, PE, consulting, investment management, corporate management or entrepreneurship.
The 12-week course (B8019) provides, due to its longer duration, more applications and practical insights than the block week course (B8018). Differences in assignments and weights are discussed in the grading sections of the two syllabi.