About this Specialization
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Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Intermediate Level

Approx. 4 months to complete

Suggested 6 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Arabic

Skills you will gain

Financial AccountingOperations ManagementFinanceInnovation

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Intermediate Level

Approx. 4 months to complete

Suggested 6 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Arabic

How the Specialization Works

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A Coursera Specialization is a series of courses that helps you master a skill. To begin, enroll in the Specialization directly, or review its courses and choose the one you'd like to start with. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. It’s okay to complete just one course — you can pause your learning or end your subscription at any time. Visit your learner dashboard to track your course enrollments and your progress.

Hands-on Project

Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.

Earn a Certificate

When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

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There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Leadership Toolkit for Managers

4.8
70 ratings
12 reviews

Personal branding is critical for today’s executive—it distinguishes you as a competent authority, helps you establish your own goals for continuous improvement, and empowers you to lead change in your organization through effective management of yourself and others. If you’re looking to establish yourself in a leadership role and align your actions and behaviors with how you want to be perceived, this course is for you. This course is composed of three modules: managing self, managing others, and leading efforts for change. In this course, you’ll understand how to manage teams and foster effective decision-making, create and communicate a vision for workplace change, build coalitions that work, master the art of self-management, develop and manage your executive personal brand, and learn to become a more persuasive presenter. Additionally, you’ll complete a hands-on project on organizational change that tests your skills in a variety of simulated situations. When you complete this course, you’ll leave with a thorough understanding of how your leadership can make an impact on your organization, a set of sharpened skills to help you accomplish your goals, and most of all, you’ll learn how to develop your own unique strengths.

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Course2

Operations Management and Strategy Toolkit for Managers

4.5
38 ratings
12 reviews

Are you looking for a deeper understanding of business strategy, from design through execution? Do you want to lead impactful operational changes in your organization and team? Do you need to respond strategically to global economic trends and industry disruption? This course will give you the confidence to make smarter business decisions and lead strategic change using time-tested processes and tools. We’ll cover the fundamentals of designing and executing a business strategy, measuring results, managing operations and improving processes, and running successful projects that support your business goals. When you complete this course, you’ll understand how to plan and implement a business strategy from start to finish, analyze both the external and internal context of your firm using established analytical frameworks, identify sources of competitive advantage, align functional strategies with corporate strategies, analyze and improve manufacturing and service processes, design and lead successful projects that support your organizational strategy, and use time-tested tools such as process flow diagrams, queuing theory, and Gantt charts to ultimately close your project effectively.

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Course3

Financial Accounting Toolkit for Decision Making

4.5
24 ratings
6 reviews

This course gives you a firm grounding in both the theory and practical application of finance and accounting for general management, corporate planning, sales, and other functional areas, as well as broad exposure to some of the most important principles of financial decision-making. We’ll cover topics such as asset value, financial performance evaluation, financial theory, and financial accounting, all with a focus on helping you make smarter financial choices for your organization. You’ll learn how to determine the value of an asset by the level and the riskiness of its expected after-tax cash flows. We’ll also cover techniques used to discount cash flows and determine the value implications of investment decisions, as well as the guidelines used to construct after-tax cash flow forecasts. Additionally, you’ll learn to estimate risk in the context of modern portfolio theory and talk about the impact of capital structure (your firm’s mix of debt and equity) on the riskiness of financial instruments issued by your firm. In the accounting portion of the course, we’ll give you a basic introduction to financial accounting, including overviews of financial statements, income statements, balance sheets, and statements of cash flows. You’ll learn about LIFO vs. FIFO accounting, accounting for inventory, and the valuation of long-term assets. When you complete this course, you’ll understand how to utilize financial concepts to make better-informed financial decisions, apply finance principles to valuing capital investments, apply decision-making criteria for multi-period cash flows, and learn how to construct cash flow forecasts.

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Course4

Strategic Innovation Toolkit for Managers

4.7
94 ratings
22 reviews

Does your business culture nurture innovation, or stifle it? Are you looking for ways to build your business creatively but find daunting constraints at every turn? This course is designed to help you understand the forces that limit innovation, identify those barriers in your own business culture, and break free of them to realize the full value of your imagination. You’ll learn new skills and strategies that you can immediately apply to drive innovation in your group or organization, and you’ll build an understanding of the six most common constraints on innovation in both individual and group settings—that is, the six ways that creative thinking is often sabotaged before it can produce results. You’ll also learn to recognize stakeholders who are actively invested in stopping your ideas in their tracks. Finally, you’ll examine societal and technical constraints that you’ll need to overcome to foster a forward-thinking culture. Through case studies and interactive exercises, you’ll learn how to generate and implement great ideas in your organization, build your organization’s capacity for innovation, create an innovative culture, lead innovation projects and teams, recognize big issues lurking on the horizon before they become constraints, drive adoption of great ideas, develop and manage an innovation portfolio, and innovate to stay relevant and competitive in a fast-changing landscape.

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Instructors

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William G. Christie

Frances Hampton Currey Professor of Management in Finance and Professor of Law
Owen Graduate School of Management
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Ray Friedman

Brownlee O. Currey Professor of Management
Owen Graduate School of Management
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Rangaraj Ramanujam, Ph.D.

Professor of Management
Owen Graduate School of Management
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Mumin Kurtulus

Associate Professor of Operations Management
Owen Graduate School of Management
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Brian McCann

Associate Professor of Strategic Management
Owen Graduate School of Management
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Paul Chaney

E. Bronson Ingram Professor in Accounting
Owen Graduate School of Management
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Kimberly Pace

Professor for the Practice of Communication
Owen Graduate School of Management
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M. Eric Johnson

Ralph Owen Dean and Bruce D. Henderson Professor of Strategy
Owen Graduate School of Management
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David A. Owens, PhD, PE

Professor
Practice of Management and Innovation
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Nancy Lea Hyer

Associate Professor of Operations Management, and Associate Dean MBA Programs
Owen Graduate School of Management

About Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tenn., is a private research university and medical center offering a full-range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees....

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • Yes. Vanderbilt University is accredited by IACET to grant CEU’s. You will be entitled to claim 6 CEU’s by completing this certificate. You will need to request the CEU certificate by contacting Vanderbilt directly at: execed@owen.vanderbilt.edu

  • 4 Courses | 5-6 hours per week | 5-6 months to complete

  • This Certificate is specifically designed for first-time and aspiring managers from various industries. A college degree is recommended, but not required.

  • No, you can take the courses in any order.

  • No, this Certificate is non-credit bearing.

  • When you complete this Certificate, you’ll be prepared to: Engage in and influence strategic business decisions; Maintain a strong leadership presence in meetings; Design and lead successful projects; Evaluate a firm’s financial performance; Manage risk effectively; Drive the adoption of great ideas

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