About this Specialization

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Growing a business needs a dynamic set of skills, ranging from leadership, employee management, strategy, planning, finance, accounting, ethics, accountability, and profitability. Developed at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, and led by top-ranked Darden faculty, this specialization covers challenges faced by private businesses, when they attempt to grow substantially. It starts with common challenges and human resource issues faced by private business. It then teaches you essential financial accounting skills for entrepreneurs, such as creating and interpreting cash flow, balance sheet, and income statements to make financial health conclusions. This specialization also presents an exciting new approach to values-driven leadership development in the workplace, in business education, and in life. In an action oriented introduction to Giving Voice to Values (GVV), it is not about persuading people to be more ethical, but instead starts from the premise that most of us already want to act on our values, and we feel that we have a reasonable chance of doing so effectively. It then discusses the emergence of a new story about business, contextualizing it within a societal framework. Finally, it teaches you to write innovative business plans, by driving meaningful focus, forcing specificity, and bringing linkages between key business drivers to the foreground.
Learner Career Outcomes
60%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
22%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
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Beginner Level
Approximately 4 months to complete
Suggested pace of 2 hours/week
English
Learner Career Outcomes
60%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
22%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level
Approximately 4 months to complete
Suggested pace of 2 hours/week
English

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There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Financial Accounting Fundamentals

4.8
stars
1,887 ratings
538 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Ethical Leadership Through Giving Voice to Values

4.7
stars
311 ratings
92 reviews
Course3

Course 3

New Models of Business in Society

4.7
stars
3,838 ratings
1,093 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Innovating with the Business Model Canvas

4.6
stars
209 ratings
67 reviews

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University of Virginia

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