Overview: Integrated Strategic Analytics

Show-me-the-money! Here lies our greatest pedagogical departure from academic tradition — including Sloan, HBS, Wharton, et al. All business decisions are, at their core, financial risk decisions; all business problems are horizontal not vertical. You are constantly exhorted to think broadly and to consider the cross-functional, risk consequences in terms of strategy, tactics, and whatever financial metric is relevant (STM).

The B-School silo-centric approach to curriculum structure is utterly damning. Students are expected to do what virtually NO tenure-track professor can — craft a workable mosaic from the disparate threads of B-School course content. In our view, that's tantamount to fraud.

Since the business world lives within financial statements, virtually all of our work is undertaken with an eye toward dynamic financial statement modeling. To be sure, you'll understand the business implications and terminology, but, significantly, you'll be able to determine the financial impact and explain it terms executives will immediately understand. Though generally addressing both narrow and broad business topics, ALL our modules are heavily laced with management science/ operations research concepts.

Any ninny can babble about business and, unfortunately, they do. You will learn to provide studied, rational, fact-backed, and data-driven presentations. You will be pushed to find efficient and thorough analytics to reach and document your conclusions. You will explore multiple scenarios and stretch-assumptions.* You will be taught to explore, quantify, and be prepared to present all practicable assumptions and probable ramifications. That is how successful executives approach problem solving and so shall you.

You'll have analyzed and presented your first set of findings before the end of the first day of class. We may think numerically but our audiences, typically, do not. Therefore, you will learn to present your findings primarily graphically. That said, comprehensive dynamic Excel models will both underpin your presentations and provide comprehensive real-time What if analysis via live charting.

Sidebar: In defense of academia. Teaching, for career-professors, is a distracting annoyance; their personal financial success is HEAVILY weighted toward published research volume. To publish, they must narrowly focus their research. That narrow focus is their entire world. So, in-class questions not hewing to their narrowly defined current subject matter interests will be dismissed, discouraged, or ignored. As for dealing with wholly foreign subject areas (read: other departments), the question is not one of, "Why bother?" The question is one of, "How could they?" And ... how dare you to ask!

* No, when last checked, the moon was not made of green cheese; expect to be chided if you stray too far.