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Understanding Financial Statements

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Course Focus

In order for organizations to succeed, leaders and managers must be able to accurately interpret and utilize financial reports. They must also be able to assess the overall financial performance of the organization, a particular department, or the competition, and then convey the organization's financial condition to its constituents.

In this course, participants will learn how to read and interpret income statements, balance sheets, and cash flow statements. By understanding the information contained in each of these key reports, participants will have a solid foundation upon which to base more advanced analysis of their firm's financial performance.

Who Should Take this Course?

This course is essential for all managers and professionals who regularly work with financial reports and also provides non-financial professionals with the core principles of financial reporting.

Key Benefits

Participants who complete this course will be able to...

  • Understand and interpret the information found in the three principle financial statements
  • Understand how the three reports relate to one another and how they are combined (with additional information) to serve as an annual report
  • Work with online sources of financial information to conduct research on other publicly-traded firms and industries


Estimated Hours to Complete Course: 6.0

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About the School of Hotel Administration at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business

The School of Hotel Administration at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business is shaping the global knowledge base for hospitality management through leadership in education, research, and industry advancement. Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the school provides management instruction in the full range of hospitality disciplines, educating the next generation of leaders in the world's largest industry. Founded in 1922 as the nation's first collegiate course of study in hospitality management, the Cornell School of Hotel Administration is recognized as the world leader in its field.

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