Rory Knight – Financial Perfomance
“Financial Performance” presents the foundation concepts underlying the Senior Executive Programs the Authors have taught together and separately over the last 15 years in Europe, Asia and North America. These programs include The Oxford Advanced Management Program, The Oxford Senior Executive Finance Program, The INSEAD Advanced Management Program, The IMI, Geneva, Advanced Management Program, The Harvard Advanced Management Program, The Oxford International Executive Program, Singapore, and The IMI International Finance Program, Singapore. The book is intended as a reference manual as well as a textbook and will be of value to anyone with an interest in financial performance – particularly senior executives. The developments in modern finance over the last two decades have considerable implications for the way senior executives think about the finance discipline. It is no longer enough to have a rudimentary knowledge of basic finance and a heavy reliance on financial specialists. CEOs of course need excellent financial professionals – however they need to go beyond this and provide strategic leadership. This requires a conceptual framework for dealing with financial matters. This book provides a description of the underlying ideas and will be of value to anyone with an interest in financial performance – particularly senior executives. This book revolves around the concept of value and it is organized into two parts. Part I Performance Measurement Consists of three chapters, all of which focus on the real and fairly complex set of financial statements of DaimlerChrysler AG. The first two chapters provide a detailed guided tour of the financial statements which deconstruct the complexity and then reconstruct the financials to provide a clearer base for analysis. These chapters have been arranged to deal with each line item of financial statements which have been highlighted in such a way to allow the reader to treat the materials as a reference as well as a sequential read. Chapter three presents a framework for evaluating financial health and introduces a cash flow based model for understanding the short and medium term constraints on a firm’s growth. This exposition revolves around the concept of sustainable growth. Part 2 Valuation In the second part of the book chapter 4 introduces the cost of capital concept followed by chapter 5 which provides a general source of reference for valuation and a variety of difference applications. Chapter 6 concludes the book with a review of concept of shareholder value from a European perspective. Rory Knight MA(Oxon), MCom, PhD, CA Dean (Emeritus), Templeton College, University of Oxford For the last five years Rory has been Dean of Templeton College, the University of Oxford’s business college. During this time he led the Oxford Advanced Management Program and he created the Oxford Senior Executive Finance Program. He has considerable experience in business and management development. He is actively involved in briefing the senior executives of leading companies on issues in Finance and Strategy. Prior to coming to Oxford Dr Knight was the deputy director of a foundation within the Swiss National Bank (SNB) and previously a Professor in Finance at IMI, Geneva & IMD, Lausanne. Marc Bertoneche MA, MBA, DBA, Phd Visiting Professor, Harvard Business School Marc is a Professor in Business Administration at the University of Bordeaux and has been on the faculty at INSEAD, the European Institute of Business Administration in Fontainebleau France for more than twenty years. His areas of interest include corporate and financial strategy, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, financial markets, corporate ownership and governance, risk management and international finance. He is currently visiting professor at the Harvard Business School. Marc and Rory have worked as a team for over fifteen years in teaching senior executives and academic research. This book presents cutting edge techniques in financial management and corporate financial strategy. It shows how to maximize shareholder value. It is based upon the advanced management programs at Oxford and INSEAD.