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About the Course

Hi and welcome to this course! Would you like to learn about the latest valuation methods that may help you to make better business decisions? Then 'Advanced Valuation and Strategy – M&A, Private Equity, and Venture Capital' by Erasmus University Rotterdam is the right course for you! This course is helpful for executives that need to value complete strategies and for all students interested in corporate finance and strategy. We present the latest tools and show you how to apply them! We will revolutionize your way of decision making, by extending static techniques from corporate finance with dynamic methods to quantify strategic thinking. Traditionally, we assess the attractiveness of an investment as a mature business, where future cash flows mainly result from past decisions. But, in an ever-changing world, strategic decisions determine the firm’s long-term success and market value. Yet managers often have to consider these long-term implications using intuition and experience alone, with little guidance from structured, quantitative analysis. Our treatment goes far beyond the use of standard valuation analysis. We introduce the expanded NPV, which brings together DCF, real options, and game theory. Thinking in terms of options, games, and adaptive strategies may help managers address strategic questions such as: How do you value a leveraged buyout? How can you value a high-tech venture with negative cash flows? When should you invest in new ventures in stages? How can you incorporate rival bidders in the analysis? The tools we provide can improve your decisions in business and in daily life. * Who is this class for? We hope that our course appeals to (graduate) students in finance, economics, and business, as well as to high-ranking professionals and a general audience. This course is particularly interesting for venture capitalists, private equity investors, investment bankers, CEOs, CFOs, and those who aspire these affiliations. We offer this MOOC at 3 levels: 1.Executive Summary: This 1-week module provides critical insights into the principles of corporate valuation and strategy. This is accessible for time-constrained executives and the general audience without any prior knowledge. 2. Student Level: This level involves an understanding of the technical details. This level requires basic knowledge of concepts in corporate finance, e.g., the time value of money, financial statement analysis, capital structure, and the relation between risk and returns. Learners of this level can skip week 1. 3. Honors Level (honors certificate): This level is challenging, engaging, and compelling to an intellectually rigorous student....

Top reviews

May 18, 2020

Boosts your up-to-date understanding of how strategy and valuation come together. It helped me better understand my PE clients' buy & build strategies from a growth option valuation perspective.

Feb 27, 2020

Demanding at times but overall one of the better courses that make you think before you have to answer. I also enjoyed the ability to do some extra work if you are into honorable certificate.

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May 1, 2020

Superb Course which is valuable for future life


Apr 25, 2021

Great learning experience with Professor Smit.

By Mihir D

Apr 19, 2020

Great in-depth course with wider applicability

By Piero R

Mar 19, 2020

Great professor and very well explained course


Nov 1, 2019

Very interesting course! Thank you very much!

By Coenraad W

May 21, 2020

Insightful and challenging course. Worth it!

By Vamshi C

Aug 10, 2019

Such knowledgeable professor! Lucid content!

By Roos o

Sep 20, 2018

Excellent course! Very Steep Learning Curve!


Dec 12, 2018

excellent courses for the company valuation

By Denis A

May 3, 2020

Great coverage of valuation methodologies.

By Ian K

Sep 8, 2020

A challenging and very insightful course.

By Alex B

Mar 31, 2020

Very informative course and well taught!

By Dellarosa F

Sep 24, 2018

The webcasts are amazing! Truly helpful!

By Raphael D d B

Sep 27, 2018


By Katerine L

Sep 20, 2018

Very useful for valuation methodologies

By David D

Oct 8, 2021

Very challenging, but worth the effort

By Alejandro M

Sep 13, 2021

Great course and professor, good stuff

By Andrés F M Z

Mar 15, 2020

This course exceeded my expectations.

By Ajay K V

Feb 8, 2020

Stuff that I have not learnt before.

By Artur R

Apr 15, 2020

professional, useful, advanced

By Carlos c v

Sep 17, 2021

carlos esteban chaves vargas

By Lukas H

Jul 4, 2020

Entertaining and insightful

By Dilan O

Sep 24, 2018

The best professor ever!!!!

By Mohammad G

Sep 6, 2021

very good and informative