Business Analytics is designed for individuals who are looking to master quantitative methods used to analyze data and make better management decisions. Harvard Business School Online’s Business Analytics will teach students basic analytical skills to collect, analyze, and interpret data. This course focuses on honing a student’s understanding of key concepts, managerial judgment, and his ability to apply course concepts to real business problems. Business Analytics begins with basic descriptive statistics and progresses to regression analysis. Students will learn course concepts in the context of A/B testing for a website, checking the accuracy of inventory, forecasting sales, and planning staffing levels. Throughout the course, one will receive clear guidance on how to implement analytical techniques in Excel.
Entrepreneurship Essentials introduces students to the entrepreneurial journey from finding an idea, to gaining traction in the marketplace, to raising capital for venture. This course explains how entrepreneurs run structured experiments to validate ideas and refine business strategy. Students can dive deep into the numbers behind how entrepreneurs and their investors make financial decisions to create value and grow their operations.
Harvard Business School Online’s Economics for Managers course starts with the fundamentals of supply and demand—where they come from and why they’re central to an understanding of business. Students will learn how businesses think about pricing and production and powerful ideas like complements and network effects that firms rely on to generate demand. This course also dives into the functioning of markets, the force of competition, and strategies for differentiation. In the process of exploring these ideas, students will learn how to develop the beginnings of a competitive strategy that will lead to a business thriving over time.
Harvard Business School Online’s Financial Accounting course will teach students the fundamentals of financial accounting. Starting with the basics of recording transactions as journal entries and posting them to T accounts, students will learn how to prepare a balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement. Equipped with an understanding of the building blocks of financial statements, one will learn how to analyze them and calculate and interpret critical ratios. The course concludes with an introduction to forecasting and valuation where a student will learn to prepare forecasted financial statements and make capital budgeting decisions using tools such as Net Present Value and Internal Rate of Return calculations.
Design Thinking and Innovation equips current and aspiring innovation managers with the design thinking principles and innovative problem solving tools to solve business challenges and guide their organization’s strategy. The course features five weeks of course content and two weeks of cohort project work, enabling the opportunity to put learning into practice. Participants will walk away with an innovation toolkit of frameworks and exercises for identifying business opportunities and generating possible solutions for their organization’s initiatives.