This book, written in story narrative form, traces the development of a company from a start-up to a global enterprise. It develops the key concepts related to this evolution — corporate strategy, raising external finance, capital budgeting, dividend policy, mergers and acquisition, globalization, marketing and human resource management. The focus is on topics in corporate strategy and corporate finance, and each topic is developed in depth with problem sets and reflection questions within the context of the organization's evolution.
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The Firm and the Value Sphere: How Do We Maximize the Creation and Retention of Value?
Time for Action: Jerry Says Hello to Finance and Takes the Plunge
Business Growth, External Financing, and IPOs: Jerry is Introduced to the “One for Me, None for You” Slogan
Jerry Says Hello to His New Shareholders: Agency Costs and Corporate Governance
Why Firms Fail to Maximize Shareholder Value: How Value Evaporates
The Source of Value: Strategy
Risk and Value: Why Should Jerry Care?
What Do Our Investments Really Cost Us?: The Cost of Capital
How to Know Which Projects are Good: Project Selection Criteria
More on Economic Profit
Performance Measures: Jerry is Introduced to the “Acronym Wars”
A New Financial Management System Using Shareholder Value
Designing a World-Class Resource Allocation Process
What to do When NPV Fails: A Real Options Approach to Project Selection
Comprehensive Resource Allocation: A Training Seminar
Jerry Has a New Problem: How to Use a Portfolio Approach to Project Selection
Dividends: Jerry Contemplates a Payout
Capital Structure: Jerry Wonders How much Debt to Use
Acquiring a Firm
Resource Allocation for Non-Traditional Projects
Post-Acquisition Integration Issues
Jerry Wrestles with Corporate Governance
Jerry Reconsiders Executive Compensation
Managing in Tough Times versus Innovating
Corporate Culture: Bringing Everything Together
Readership: Academics teaching and studying organizational behavior, corporate governance, managers, CEOs and CFOs.
Introduces advanced topics in corporate strategy and corporate finance in an engaging way, woven into a story
Covers all the Key Corporate Finance concepts in a very accessible manner
Integrates all of the concepts and topics in the book within the unifying concept of the “Value Sphere”
Contains numerous real-world examples as well as practice problem sets and end-of-chapter reflection exercises that can be used to initiate organizational change interventions