Business & Economics Courses

User Innovation: A Path to Entrepreneurship
ADD FREE starts 15 May 2015
We'll let you in on a secret. Innovation isn't confined inside the walls of research labs swarming with PhDs. More often than not, innovation is about ordinary people solving problems that matter to them personally. This could be you. Taught by Eric von Hippel, the founding scholar of user innovation, this course will help you think about what problems you should choose to solve and how to share your innovations with others.

Marketing in a Digital World
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This free course will examine how digital tools such as the Internet, smartphones and 3D printing are revolutionizing the world of marketing by shifting the balance of power from firms to consumers.

High-Impact Business Writing
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Effective writing is a powerful tool in the business environment. Learn how to articulate your thoughts in a clear and concise manner that will allow your ideas to be better understood by your readers. Improve your business writing skill by learning to select and use appropriate formats for your audience, use the correct medium and adjust your writing style accordingly, as well as identify your objective and communicate it clearly. You'll also learn to spot, correct and avoid the most common writing pitfalls, and gain valuable experience analyzing, writing and revising a wide spectrum of business documents.

Communication in the 21st Century Workplace
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Communication, both verbal and nonverbal, is at the foundation of everything we do and say, and is especially important in the 21st century workplace. The good news is that communication is a learned skill, and can be improved upon with the right training. The focus of this course is to heighten students' awareness of workplace communication, and add new interpersonal skills, with the end result of becoming a more competent communicator overall.

Managing My Investments
ADD FREE starts 11 May 2015
Learn the skills to manage your investments, analyze portfolio risk and plan your pension in this free online course. You'll learn about different investment choices, the returns and risks associated with each, and the evidence about their historical performance. You'll explore investment strategies, as well as the practicalities of involvement in personal finance markets. And you'll look at how to avoid the individual and group behavioural traits that can impair effective investment decision making.

Contract Management: Building Relationships in Business
ADD FREE starts 27 Apr 2015
Contracts are fundamental to all business activities, and relationships are fundamental to all contracts. This course will help you understand contract management processes; give you the confidence to develop new contracts; and help you build successful relationships to implement contracts effectively. Over three weeks, you will realize the importance, complexity and challenges of designing and delivering good contracts. The course covers several key themes, including relationship fundamentals, in which we値l explore what can go right or wrong in relationships; examine the rules that govern public and private sector procurement; and examine how you can make sure that what you buy (or sell) is what you and your customer/client really needs.

An Introduction to Credit Risk Management
ADD FREE starts 14 Apr 2015
This course offers an introduction to credit risk modeling and hedging. We値l examine credit risk from the bank痴 point of view, but most of the tools and models we will explore can be beneficial at the corporate level as well. By the end of the course, you should be able to understand and correctly use the basic tools of credit risk management, both from a theoretical and practical point of view. This will be an unconventional course. For each methodology, we will analyse its strengths and weaknesses in a manner that is meant to be rigorous but also fun.

Introduction to Finance
ADD FREE starts 1 Jun 2015
This course will introduce you to frameworks and tools to measure value, both for corporate and personal assets. It will also help you in decisionmaking, again onat both the personal and corporate levels. The primary focus of the course is on fundamental principles of valuation. We will learn and apply the concepts of time value of money and risk to understand the major determinants of value creation, using theory and real world examples to demonstrate how to value any asset.

Introduction to Financial Accounting
ADD FREE starts 4 May 2015
This four-week course will help you master the technical skills needed to analyze financial statements and disclosures for use in financial analysis. You値l learn how accounting standards and managerial incentives affect the financial reporting process. Upon completion of this course, you'll be able to read the three most common financial statements: the income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows. You値l be able to apply these skills to real-world business challenges.

Introduction to Corporate Finance
ADD FREE starts 6 Jul 2015
This course provides a framework, concepts, and tools for analyzing financial decisions based on principles of modern financial theory. Participants will learn the language and key components of corporate finance and investments including calculating present values, valuation of bonds and stocks, the NPV rule, measuring risk, capital budgeting and the capital asset pricing model. Upon completing the course, you should be able to analyze the major types of financial decisions made by corporations and apply these skills to real-world business challenges.

Introduction to Recommender Systems
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Recommender systems have changed the way people find products, information, and even other people. They study patterns of behavior to know what someone will prefer from among a collection of things he has never experienced. The technology behind recommender systems has evolved in recent years into a rich collection of tools allowing researchers to develop effective recommenders. This course will examine the most important of those tools, including how they work, how to use them, how to evaluate them, and their strengths and weaknesses in practice. We will study algorithms that include content-based filtering, user-user collaborative filtering, item-item collaborative filtering, dimensionality reduction, and interactive critique-based recommenders. The course will be hands-on, with six two week projects, each involving implementation and evaluation of some type of recommender.

Two Speed IT: How Companies Can Surf the Digital Wave
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Transform or disappear is the Darwinism of IT. To adapt to a digital world, a two-speed IT is needed. Despite the importance of IT in today's digital world, Chief Information Officers often struggle to get their voices heard by executive committees. Faced with this challenge, IT departments are being forced to reinvent themselves to adapt their companies to the fast paced evolution of technology. In this course, we値l present a business approach that allows IT to shed off its appearance of a heavy cost center and adopt a new, more realistic persona as a quality service provider, partnering with users and the management.

Effective Problem-Solving and Decision-Making
ADD FREE starts 6 Apr 2015
Critical thinking the application of logical reasoning to problems and decisions is the foundation of effective problem solving and decision making. In this course, you値l gain confidence in assessing problems, evaluating alternative solutions, and anticipating possible risks. Participants will learn how to use analysis, synthesis and positive inquiry to address individual and organizational problems and develop the critical thinking skills needed in today's complex world. The course will draw upon case studies and real-life situations encountered by class members, and it will go on to explore successful models and proven methods that can be applied in on-the-job situations.

Personal & Family Financial Planning
ADD FREE starts 6 Apr 2015
This course will explore a wide variety of critical personal financial management topics to help you learn prudent habits both while in school and throughout your lifetime. The course is activity-based, focusing on your life as the basis for your work. You値l also learn how to apply the principles taught in the course to a family environment. We値l learn about cash, credit, wealth, and risk management, and environmental effects on personal and family financial management.

Finance for Non-Financial People
ADD FREE starts 6 Apr 2015
This course will give you a basic understanding of finance and accounting concepts to help drive drive your organization痴 growth. Content topics will cover selected aspects of finance from a non-financial specialist痴 point of view. These topics will include financial analysis; planning, forecasting, and budgeting; cash flow, and strategic financing.

Fundamentals of Management
ADD FREE starts 6 Apr 2015
In this four-week course, you値l acquire an indepth understanding of the basic concepts and theories of management. You値l examine the manager痴 operational role in all types of organizations, as well as gain insight into the manager痴 responsibility in planning, organizing, leading, staffing and controlling within the workplace. You値l learn how to identify the differences between a manager and a leader, and the role and value of each to an organization. We値l discuss different management philosophies and leadership styles and examine the importance and role of each of the basic functions of management.

Work Smarter, Not Harder: Time Management for Personal & Professional Productivity
ADD FREE starts 6 Apr 2015
This course will help you gain and apply your knowledge and understanding of personal and professional awareness, organization and commitment, and use the tools, methods and techniques taught in the class for goal setting, prioritization, scheduling, and delegation to overcome time management challenges and enhance your productivity. You will learn how to plan effectively to achieve personal and professional goals; recognize and overcome barriers to successful time management; identify time management tools and use them effectively; and keep your sense of perspective to prevent and manage crises. You will also learn to delegate effectively, and learn to manage expectations and say 哲o when appropriate

High-Impact Business Writing
ADD FREE starts 6 Apr 2015
Effective writing is a powerful tool in business. This four-week course will teach you how to articulate your thoughts in a clear and concise manner that will allow readers to better understand your ideas. You値l improve your business writing skill by learning to select and use appropriate formats for your audience, use the correct medium, and adjust your writing style accordingly, as well as identify your objective and communicate it clearly. The course will also help you spot, correct and avoid the most common writing pitfalls. From a simple memo to a 20-page business report, learn how to put good business writing to work for you.

The Art of Negotiation
ADD FREE starts 6 Apr 2015
The art of negotiation comes into play daily in the life of employees at all levels and in every position. In this course, you値l examine how current approaches to negotiation strategy and tactics are used, what negotiation entails, and types of negotiation relationships that exist. You値l explore the personal and behavioral characteristics of an effective negotiator, and discuss how empowerment, power and authority affect the negotiation process and outcome. Topics include the importance of planning and preparing for a negotiation session.

Essentials of Entrepreneurship: Thinking & Action
ADD FREE starts 6 Apr 2015
Your prospects for success in business can be enhanced with an understanding of key entrepreneurial characteristics. This interactive course provides aspiring entrepreneurs with the knowledge of how to succeed in an entrepreneurial opportunity. Topics covered in the course include: how creativity, opportunity and feasibility are best evaluated; strategies for new businesses; importance of a business plan; and how to achieve success in a new business. When you complete the course, you will have the skills and confidence to evaluate starting a business and become more enterprising in how your approach the roles you take if you decide to work in your new business.

Project Management: The Basics for Success
ADD FREE starts 6 Apr 2015
This free course combines the essential elements of project management and team leadership into one class. The team leadership aspect will give you an opportunity to enhance your personal understanding of team leadership through the study of various theories, concepts and class exercises. It also defines each team member's role with primary emphasis on the competencies and skills required to be an effective project leader. The course will provide you with the tools and techniques for developing and sustaining high performance teams.

Foundations of Business Strategy
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In this free online course offered by the University of Virginia, you will learn how to analyze an organization痴 strategy and make recommendations to improve its value creation by building your strategist痴 toolkit.

Cr馥r et D騅elopper une Startup Technologique
ADD FREE starts 1 Apr 2015
Ce cours vous permettra d'identifier et d'騅aluer des opportunit駸 de cr饌tion d'entreprises technologiques et d'en comprendre les principaux enjeux humains, techniques, commerciaux, environnementaux et financiers. Vous aurez ainsi des bases solides pour cr馥r votre entreprise high tech ou d馗ider d弾n rejoindre une.

Social Entrepreneurship
ADD FREE starts 7 Apr 2015
In this 12-week course, you will learn how to create societal impact through Social Entrepreneurship, which refers to the discovery and sustainable exploitation of opportunities to create social change. We will introduce you to social entrepreneurship examples and guide you through the process of identifying an opportunity to address social problems as well as outlining your idea in a business plan.

Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies: The First Step in Entrepreneurship
ADD FREE starts 16 March 2015
In this course, you値l explore how to identify and develop great ideas into great companies, and learn how to identify opportunities based on real customer needs. Using proven content, methods and models for new venture opportunity assessment and analysis, you値l learn how to enhance your entrepreneurial mindset and develop your functional skill sets to see and act entrepreneurially. The initial steps to creating a business plan are also examined as well. The course will demystify the startup process and help you build the skills to identify and act on innovative opportunities.

Innovation for Entrepreneurs: From Idea to Marketplace
ADD FREE starts 16 March 2015
Acquire insights on navigating the innovation process from idea generation to commercialization. Build knowledge on how to create strategies to bring innovations to market. The course will help you develop an innovation portfolio and business model canvas for your venture. You値l learn how to establish a framework for examining the innovation process, and quickly transition into exploring how to successfully bring your innovations to market.

New Venture Finance: Startup Funding for Entrepreneurs
ADD FREE starts 16 March 2015
This course is for the aspiring or active entrepreneur seeking to understand how to secure funding for their company. We値l demystify key financing concepts to give entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs a guide to secure funding. The course examines the many financing options available to get your new venture funded. You値l learn the basics of finance, valuations, dilution and non-dilutive funding sources. Understand capital structure for new ventures, term sheets and how to negotiate them, and the differences between early-stage versus later-stage financing.

International Business II - Negocios Internacionales II
ADD FREE starts 16 March 2015
This course focuses on managing organizations in the international economy. Building on Introduction to the Global Business Environment I, this second course explores organizational level and management issues in international settings. The course will give students both practical and research-based knowledge and skills necessary to successfully operating an organizational across borders.

Note: This is a bilingual English-Spanish course with all material duplicated in both languages.

Managing Fashion and Luxury Companies
ADD FREE starts 16 Feb 2015
In this course, you will learn how fashion and luxury companies work and come to understand their brands, products, retail, and communication strategies. Explore business models, international development, and product categories with industry influent experts.

Asset Pricing, Part 2
ADD FREE starts 29 March 2015
This course is part two of an introduction to graduate-level academic asset pricing. This second part uses the theory and elaborates empirical understanding. It examines classic applications including the Fama-French three- factor model, consumption and the equity premium, and extends the theory to cover options, bonds, and portfolios. You値l learn how one basic idea, price equals expected discounted payoff, unites everything - models that describe stocks, bonds, options, real investments, discrete time, continuous time, asset pricing, portfolio theory, and so forth.

Introduction to Operations Management
ADD FREE starts 6 April 2015
In this course, students will learn to analyze and improve business processes in services or in manufacturing by increasing productivity and responsiveness, providing more choice to the customer, and delivering higher quality standards. Key concepts covered in the class include process analysis, bottlenecks, flows rates, and inventory levels. Upon completing this course, you値l be able to apply these skills to a real-world business challenge

Scaling Operations: Linking Strategy and Execution
ADD FREE starts 30 march 2015
This five-week course is dedicated to making strategic decisions grounded in operational reality. We will explore how to build and evaluate the 登perating system of the firm to maximize value. This involves tailoring the firm's operational competencies, assets, and processes to a specific business strategy. Each week, we'll examine case studies, engage in discussions and examine realistic data. Using a data-driven approach, you'll be able to implement your learning directly into practice. At the end of this course, you'll be ready to build an effective, actionable plan to scale your department or organization.

Advertising and Society
ADD FREE starts 16 Feb 2015
This free course from Duke University examines the relation of advertising to society, culture, history and the economy. Using contemporary theories about visual communications, students will learn to analyze the complex levels of meaning in print advertisements as well as television commercials. This 7-week college-level course covers a wide range of topics, including the history of advertising, how to create ads, interpreting ads, depicting race, class, gender and sexuality in advertising, sex and selling, and the future of advertising. Weekly lectures will discuss theoretical frameworks and apply them to specific ads.

Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills
ADD FREE starts 16 Feb 2015
This free, five week course offered by the University of Michigan provides you with a practical, holistic introduction to the strategies and skills for successful negotiation in your daily life and in business. The course covers the four key stages of negotiation: (1) planning, (2) negotiating, (3) creating a contract, and (4) performing the contract. Key questions are examined in each stage that you値l need to answer in future negotiations. The course curriculum includes videos that you can watch at your own pace, as well as participation in a one-on-one negotiation that will test your skills as a negotiator. You will also receive feedback on what you do well as a negotiator and how you can improve.

On Strategy : What Managers Can Learn From Philosophy
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In the expression 田reative thinking, the keyword is not creativity, it is thinking. To help leaders be rigorous and effective, great philosophers have lots of ideas and in this course, they will help managers rediscover the art of thinking. Participants in this course will come to understand the role of mental models, realize the importance of cognitive bias, and agree on clear definitions and efficient criteria.

How to Succeed at: Interviews
ADD FREE starts 9 march 2015
Get the tools you need to succeed at interviews and land your dream job in this free, three-week course, offered by University of Sheffeld. Being interviewed can be quite daunting, and the course instructors will provide you with materials to help you prepare and be successful at your interview. Learn how to research the company or organization so that you can answer that frequently asked question "Why do you want to work for us?" Understand what you should wear (and not wear), and walk through some common interview questions. Tips from employers will be provided on what they look for in candidates and the types of questions you should be asking them. You値l be provided with articles to read, videos to watch and interactive material to help you better prepare for your interview. You値l be encouraged to collect a portfolio of your work which will help you with future interviews.

Entrepreneurship Through the Lense of Venture Capital
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This video course from Standford University explores the process of being a successful startup. Through a series of guest lectures, students learn many lessons about how to deal with the problems they might encounter during the process of starting a new company. With more than 150 years of venture capital experience and practice in entrepreneurship between them, the teaching team and guest lecturers cover the fundamentals of building a successful company. Although there痴 no sure-fire formula for building a great company, most successful startups share the same basic principles and general patterns, and this course focuses on those characteristics, exploring the connection between venture capital and the entrepreneurial spirit.

How to Launch a Successful Startup
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In this free course from MIT, Bill Aulet discusses his 24-step process to launching a successful startup. Learn about key steps to launching a successful startup and understand the importance of discipline, experimentation, iteration and customer focus in the entrepreneurial process. The course includes a set of videos and lecture notes.

Grant Writing 101
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Dr. Linda Sapp-Cox is a Native American whose diverse background in social work and the nonprofit sector spans 50+ years as a volunteer, consultant, board member, program designer, grant writer and paid staffer. She has expertise in compiling, researching and writing grants of all shapes and sizes. She has developed more than 80 nonprofit entities with financial planning and grant support for a variety of programs since 1953, and she is founder of the Nonprofit Business Development Training Center in Nevada.

The Power of Macroeconomics
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This course delves into all of the major principles of macroeconomics normally taught to college undergrad and MBA students. You also will learn how to apply these principles to real world situations in your personal and professional life so that you can prosper in an increasingly competitive environment. This course is a companion to the Power of Macroeconomics. Together, the two courses cover all of the major principles taught in a year-long introductory economics college course.

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