About This Course

This course explores corporate finance from the lens of a non-financial manager, helping students gain an applied understanding of financial and accounting concepts and the role finance plays in the economic viability of a business.

Students will learn how to:

  • construct financial statements and use these tools to strategically determine the overall business financial health.
  • forecast possibilities for future growth in relation to costs associated with operational expenses and the cost of capital. 
  • review basic economic frameworks
  • complete case studies focusing on the connection of global economic influences to company and industry financial indicators.

Specific topics include financial analysis; planning, forecasting, and budgeting; cash flow; and strategic financing.


Brian Simons
Brian Simons

MBA, supply chain and operations focus, Arizona State University; BS, international finance, Arizona State University; BA, history, Arizona State University; BA, political science, Arizona State University; BA, religious studies, Arizona State University.

Brian Simons has been an adjunct instructor since 2018 focusing on management and finance topics. In addition to teaching, he currently serves as the CEO of Janus Logistics Technologies, a VC back technology firm in the supply chain and logistics space. Previously he held leadership roles at Fortune 500 companies including Honeywell, United Technologies, and NCR as well as private equity owned firms.

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