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Overview

Topics such as digitization, disruptive innovation and artificial intelligence, but also global crises, lead to changes in business models. Organizations must continually adapt to remain high performing and competitive. In crisis situations, quick measures are required to ensure the survival of the company. This leads to increased demands on leadership, management, consulting, financing banks and other organizations.

  • Optimal compatibility of work and study
  • The lectures take place in blocks in just six weeks (spread over three semesters).
  • Conveying the role and perspective of entrepreneurs, executives and employees, banks and private equity investors
  • Influences of the Covid19 pandemic, new trends in crisis management and current developments in the areas of data analytics, big data, 3D printing, robotic process automation, machine learning and their use for corporate performance improvement will be taken up.
  • Our top lecturers are recognized scientists as well as experienced specialists from leading consulting firms, law firms and technology and industrial companies.
  • Application-oriented and reflective learning based on case studies and practical examples
  • Modern study centers in the middle of Frankfurt and Hamburg with a direct connection to the airport / main train station

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • first university degree
  • preferably two years of qualified professional experience 
  • successful completion of the admission procedure at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

Semester 1

Module I: Business model analysis and corporate strategy

  • Analysis of financial development - income statement, cash flow, balance sheet
  • External and internal benchmarking based on practical examples
  • Frequently used assessment measures in times of crisis
  • Presentation of performance in segment reporting
  • Analysis of key figures and the effect of valuation changes on key figures
  • In-depth sales structure analysis
  • Financial performance as the result of goal-oriented management
  • Internal reporting and corporate performance management
  • Development of liquidity status and direct liquidity planning
  • Driver analysis of the financial development
  • Profitability analyzes and determination of cost drivers and sensitivities
  • Working capital analysis and planning in different phases of the business cycle
  • Data analytics tools for working capital optimization
  • Determination of investment needs and investment backlogs
  • Financial modeling with Excel
  • Independent application of the content learned in "Module II: Financial Positioning" on real company examples

Module II: Financial position assessment

  • Analysis of financial development - income statement, cash flow, balance sheet
  • Key figure analysis
  • External benchmarking
  • Presentation of performance in segment reporting
  • In-depth sales structure analysis
  • Financial performance as the result of goal-oriented management
  • Development of liquidity status and direct liquidity planning
  • Driver analysis of the financial development
  • Profitability analyzes and determination of cost drivers and sensitivities
  • Strategic Profitability Analysis
  • Profitability of business units & step-by-step contribution margin accounting
  • Internal benchmarking
  • Transfer prices
  • Working capital analysis and planning in different phases of the business cycle
  • Data analytics tools for working capital optimization
  • Determination of investment requirements / an investment backlog
  • Strategic change to "asset light" business models
  • Independent application of the content learned in "Module II: Financial Positioning" on real company examples

Semester 2

Module III: Operational Value Enhancement

  • Determination of value growth potential as an ongoing process
  • Industry 4.0 at a glance
  • Pricing - Practical Approaches to Value-Based Pricing
  • Value Capture - Analysis of pricing and pricing
  • Operations management perspective: operational pitfalls in rapid growth
  • Understand digital marketing tools and use them correctly
  • Marketing is an investment: How to make ROI-based decisions
  • Customer Lifetime Value (CLV) and Customer Journey
  • Intelligent cost management at a glance
  • Robotic Process Automation (RPA) - Practical application: Build your own robot
  • Predictive Analytics and Strategy Foresight
  • Portfolio adjustment - product and customer groups
  • Restructuring through digitization based on practical examples
  • Simulation game: Optimizing the production process and calculating the effects on company value
  • OPEX and CAPEX optimization
  • Business Analytics: Important Techniques and Interpretation
  • Application examples of data analytics to increase performance
  • Independent application of the content learned in "Module III: Operational Value Enhancement" to real company examples

Module IV: Financing and Planning

  • Fundamentals of financial restructuring
  • Quantification of the strategic and operational measures to increase value
  • Refinancing Instruments - Possible short- and medium-term financing approaches
  • Financial restructuring options under bankruptcy protection
  • Corona crisis special on government support measures
  • Strategic considerations related to distressed investments
  • Financing and evaluation of start-ups and companies in crisis
  • Product portfolio analysis from a financing perspective
  • Equity and debt: costs and trade-offs
  • Raising awareness of psychological planning errors
  • Deriving the financing requirements from the strategic and operational measures
  • Refinancing Instruments - Possible short- and medium-term financing approaches
  • Basics and practical examples of company valuation
  • Capital increases, ratings, tracking stock, spin-offs
  • Distress Investors, Debt Restructuring, Debt-to-Equity Swaps
  • Distress M&A investment decisions
  • Independent application of the content learned in “Module IV: Financing and Planning” to real company examples

Semester 3

Module V: Legal Aspects and Organizational Challenges

  • Important aspects from insolvency law, labor law as well as company law and transformation law
  • Pre-bankruptcy advice and restructuring
  • Practical examples from large insolvency proceedings, conflicts of interest
  • Important liability aspects - consultant and manager liability
  • Compliance and Good Governance
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Dealing ethically with disruption and job loss
  • Responsibility and role of the company vs. role of the state
  • Rehabilitation practice live
  • Distress investments - fair deals or exploitation?
  • Regulatory framework for financing and lending
  • Legal Tech - legal function and digitization
  • Independent application of the content learned in “Module V: Legal Aspects and Organizational Challenges” to real cases

Module VI: Transformation and Communication

  • Stakeholder structures and the importance of communication
  • Internal and external (crisis) communication
  • Corporate communication as a management function
  • Strategic communication in exceptional situations
  • PR and media work
  • Investor Relations and Financial Communication
  • Leadership of change
  • Regulatory bases for negotiations with interest groups and for the labor law perspective on restructuring and integration measures
  • Negotiations with the works council, trade unions and interest groups
  • Change management and control of change projects
  • Basics of the implementation organization
  • Project Management Office (PMO) / Transformation Management Office (TMO)
  • Establishment and use of networks / relationships for the successful implementation of the transformation
  • Performance measurement and implementation monitoring
  • Financial and non-financial performance measures
  • Digital Solutions for Performance Mangement: Objectives and Key Results (OKR)
  • Balanced Scorecard, Strategy Map, Harvard Strategy Simulation

Module VII: Experiential Learning: Application & Reflection - cross-module

  • Deepening of the learning content based on real cases from company practice
  • Integration of the module into all other modules: at least one practical case per module
  • Application-oriented lessons with direct reference to professional activity
  • Learning diary to reflect on the learning experiences and to transfer what has been learned into practice

Semester 4

master thesis

The master's thesis includes the written processing of a problem from the area of ??corporate performance & restructuring using scientific methods. In order to work on the selected problem, current research results should be included and critically reflected. Based on this, practical solution proposals for the selected area of ??application are to be developed. The thesis is thematically assigned to one of the course modules. It can be written in German or English. 

The course starts each time

  • in the winter ( November )  semester at the Frankfurt am Main location
  • in the summer ( March )  semester at the Hamburg location


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