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Finance for Strategic Decision-Making: What Non-Financial Managers Need to Know




Finance for Strategic Decision-Making: What Non-Financial Managers Need to Know

M. P. Narayanan, Vikram K. Nanda

ISBN: 978-0-787-97419-0 April 2004 Jossey-Bass 216 Pages


Finance for Strategic Decision Making demystifies and clarifies for non-financial executives the basics of financial analysis. It shows how they can make important financial decisions that can critically enhance their institution’s ability to respond to competitive challenges, undertake new projects, overcome financial setbacks, and most importantly, create shareholder value. Written by M. P. Narayanan and Vikram K. Nanda—two of the country’s leading authorities on financial strategy—this book offers a practical guide for using financial analysis to enhance strategicdecision making. The book includes a coherent framework that outlines practical and intellectually sound guidance for executives who must make strategic decisions. Finance for Strategic Decision Making
  • Explains the role of finance in corporate strategy
  • Offers guidance on resource allocation decisions
  • Explores how to determine the right balance of debt and equity capital to maximize firm value
  • Demonstrates how to use payout policy as a strategic tool
  • Clarifies if a merger, acquisition, or divestiture is in the best interest of an organization
  • Shows how to manage risk

Reveals how to measure value created and the effectiveness of upper level management

Series Foreword xi

Preface xiii

1 Finance and Corporate Strategy 1

2 The Resource Allocation Decision 13

3 Cost of Capital 55

4 Capital Structure and Financing 75

5 Payout Policy 113

6 Mergers and Acquisitions 137

7 Divestitures 179

8 Risk Management 211

9 Performance Evaluation 247

Notes 285

The Authors 291

Index 293

  • This book is based on the author's course "Finance for Strategic Decision-Making" in the Michigan's Executive Education program