Yunus Social Business Fund Bengaluru
Value and Individual Decision Making
Yunus Social Business Fund Bengaluru

Value and Individual Decision Making

This course is part of Strategy and Finance for the lifecycle of a Social Business Specialization

Taught in English

Suresh K. Krishna
Gautam Kaul

Instructors: Suresh K. Krishna

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Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Beginner level

Recommended experience

25 hours (approximately)
Flexible schedule
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What you'll learn

  • How to make saving and investment decisions through typical financial instruments

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4 quizzes

Course

Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Beginner level

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This course is part of the Strategy and Finance for the lifecycle of a Social Business Specialization
When you enroll in this course, you'll also be enrolled in this Specialization.
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There are 6 modules in this course

The Specialization is part of a program designed for an audience interested in working for, or creating, social businesses and anyone who wants to use modern frameworks and tools to understand how value is created for an individual, a company and social business. Since social businesses take on inherently more complex missions - by design, they are set up to address social issues - the task of understanding and evaluating opportunities aimed at addressing social issues requires a deeper understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of modern frameworks and tools. Arguably, all businesses try and impact society. This is the main reason why the Specialization has both analytical rigor and real-world applicability. My hope is that by the end of the Specialization we will be ready to evaluate, understand, and even create social businesses. This is a journey that will start with value to an individual and then gradually understand value created by regular businesses and, finally, tackle value creation by a social business. We will however not wait till the end of the Specialization to start thinking seriously about how social businesses are distinct from regular businesses. The good news is that you have already been exposed to a great course on social business – with world-known experts sharing their views, followed by an engaging and framework-based approach to consider how to identify a social problem and then develop an approach to addressing it using a multi-stakeholder approach. To motivate folks to understand the complexity of evaluating a social business, I will start by sharing some publicly available articles on what popular thinking is about social business, on how to measure social value and some real-world examples. I will do so gradually over the four courses, without testing, but with reflection exercises built in at the beginning and the end of each course. I have managed the Social Venture Fund (SVF) at the University of Michigan for over a decade now and we evaluate and invest in social businesses. I also recently launched the International Investment Fund (IIF) in India that evaluates, supports and invests in small- and medium-sized businesses. I will share cases written by me and my students related to this work, but please do not distribute them. The purpose of the reflection exercises is meant for you to gradually gain exposure to the complexities of social businesses and measuring social value. You are not expected to be able to value the businesses described in the cases, but to keep them in mind and reflect on the frameworks and tools you are introduced to and their applicability to decision-making in social businesses. While you will not be tested on specifics in the reflection portions of this Specialization, maintaining a personal journal on important issues throughout the Specialization will really help so you prepare for the challenging work on the project on a social business following successful completion of the Specialization. You will hopefully realize that the framework and tools provided in the Specialization will not only help you in any business, but also are the same for a social business. You will hopefully realize that, at the end of the day, it is all about intent and what you produce/provide and to whom and how. And what is readily measurable and verifiable may be one of the key differences between a regular and a truly social business – everything, eventually, is about quantity times price of what you have to offer. Most businesses focus on producing goods and services that have readily available markets and therefore prices. Perhaps the key difference in understanding and managing a social business versus a regular business is its focus on issues beyond an individual and a desire to provide goods and services that are not priced and therefore rewarded by free markets because they benefit society and cannot be captured by corporations. This, in turn, makes a social business all the more challenging to create and manage.

What's included

1 video5 readings

Now that you have been exposed to many thoughtful and detailed discussions of social business and examples of the same you are hopefully ready to get started with the Specialization. This module contains detailed videos and syllabi of both the Specialization and the first course. This Specialization has been designed to enable you to learn and apply the powerful tools of modern finance to personal, corporate and social businesses. In fact, this frameworks and tools can be applied to decision-making in any context, including nonprofit and governmental initiatives to tackle the simplest to most challenging issues we confront individually or collectively. The courses within progress linearly and build on each other and it is important for you to get an understanding of why this Specialization may be relevant to any context. Please review the videos and syllabi as they will give you a sense of the Specialization and how this specific course fits within. My teaching style and philosophy are also presented to you (hopefully) in sufficient detail. I believe education is the key to addressing the challenges that we face across the globe and I have prepared a video expressing my passion and belief in education. Most importantly, all this content is meant to give you enough information to enable you to make a decision about whether you want to take this Specialization, or this course by itself. To make sure you have the social lens in mind, we have also created a course that focuses on social business that you must take before this Specialization. This will hopefully make you think about what a social business looks like and, importantly, how it differs from standard business. A deeper realization of this can only occur when you are able to recognize how value is created by regular businesses. This will be a slow process and will start happening after the second course and hopefully the understanding will deepen by the end of this Specialization so that you are ready to work on a social business.

What's included

5 videos1 reading

Since the frameworks and tools created in the multidisciplinary field of modern business education apply to any context, we will devote the entire first course to understanding the building block of time value of money (TVM) using applications that involve individual decision making. This is also the simplest context to learn modern frameworks and tools because it is easiest one - with one person's perspective dominating value creation. In this first module, we introduce the framework of time value of money (TVM) in a carefully structured way, with a focus on Future Value using relatively simple applications. As mentioned in the Syllabus, all concepts are introduced using examples and you are strongly encouraged to pause the videos and do every problem.

What's included

5 videos3 readings

In this module, we build on the content presented in the previous module and move to the much more often used concept of Present Value. We again use simple examples, focusing on situations we confront on a daily basis. All concepts are introduced using examples that you need to do yourself to stay on top of the concepts. The second week also provides you an opportunity to test your knowledge up to this point with a required submission of the first graded assignment.

What's included

2 videos3 readings2 quizzes

During this module, we will progress to more complex concepts and applications of finance.

What's included

5 videos1 reading

This module ends the course with relatively complex applications of finance. We spend a lot of time on understanding how borrowing and lending really works. You will also get an opportunity to test your understanding of the basic principles of time value of money by submitting the second assignment for the course. You will also learn how top use Excel and show your competence in doing so.

What's included

5 videos3 readings2 quizzes

Instructors

Suresh K. Krishna
Yunus Social Business Fund Bengaluru
5 Courses3,575 learners
Gautam Kaul
Yunus Social Business Fund Bengaluru
24 Courses116,179 learners

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