Finance for Non-Financial Managers

Finance for Non-Financial Managers

Are you a non-financial manager who feels daunted by discussions with finance professionals, and wants to quickly grasp the important aspects of finance? Dr Arjen Mulder, senior lecturer in corporate finance, will provide you with the tools and insights you need to effectively deal with these challenges and help you turn them into a business advantage.

Understand the financial impact of decisions

During Finance for Non-Financial Managers, you will acquire a strong grounding in the most widely used financial tools. In two days on campus – plus some online work prior to and after the course – you will learn about financial reporting in balance sheets, cash flow and income statements, and how these are used for decision-making, performance management, business improvements and valuation.

RSM's Finance for Non-Financial Managers includes an individual assignment and a follow-up feedback session with your professor to discuss your progress.

Learning objectives

When you have completed this programme, you will be able to:

  • explain how the role of finance can influence the overall success of an organisation
  • understand the key tools used by financial specialists
  • assess the financial performance of your organisation
  • interpret and evaluate financial data with your newfound practical skills
  • understand how organisations have become global leaders by driving their operational excellence
  • utilise your new, practical skills to interpret and evaluate financial data.

The programme Finance for Non-Financial Managers is also a component of RSM's Diploma Programme in General Management.

  • This programme is suitable for all managers who wish to enhance their financial knowledge, including:

    • current and prospective non-financial managers
    • consultants with a non-financial background
    • lawyers exposed to finance in their legal practice.

    Most participants hold a bachelor or master degree, and some have a PhD in a field unrelated to finance.

    If you are a manager with a quantitative background in engineering or sciences and you want to enhance your financial knowledge, we suggest you to take a look at our two-day Finance for Engineers programme.

  • * Based on a five points scale

  • The Finance for Non-Financial Managers programme is led by Florian Madertoner and Dr. Arjen Mulder.

    Florian Madertoner
    Lecturer Florian Madertoner worked for 10 years in banking and forensic auditing, and now teaches banking, finance and business in three modules and a minor in RSM’s BSc International Business Administration. He also teaches Financial Analysis and Valuation in the MSc Finance & Investments, and also about financial markets and communication in RSM’s Executive Master in Corporate Communications, and Finance for Non-Financial Managers for RSM Executive Education. He has been voted ‘professor of the year’ at RSM for the last three years, and he holds a Magister degree in banking and finance.

    Dr Arjen Mulder
    is a senior lecturer in corporate finance at RSM. He earned his doctorate in business at Erasmus University Rotterdam, and now teaches corporate finance and financial management in RSM’s full-time MBA and executive education programmes. His research interests are in corporate finance, international finance, international business, and banking. He worked at the Netherlands Economic Institute (now Ecorys) prior to completing his PhD. Arjen set up Finance for Non-Financial Managers in 2010, and has taught it ever since. More than 1,000 managers from all over the world have already attended the programme. The programme is continuously updated, to ensure its relevance over time.

  • Dates

    4 - 5 April 2019 > Apply now
    27 - 28 June 2019 > Apply now
    3 - 4 October 2019 > Apply now
    14 - 15 November 2019 > Apply now
    12 - 13 December 2019 > Apply now


    € 2,400 (excl. 21% VAT) including course materials, lunches, and snacks. This fee does not include hotel accommodation.

    10% discount for alumni from Erasmus University Rotterdam and RSM. More information about the discount.

    Cancellation policy

    Cancellation notices must be received by email: The following cancellation fees apply:

    • More than 14 days before the programme’s start date: 25% of the programme fee will be charged
    • Between 14 and 7 days before the programme’s start date:  75% of the programme fee will be charged
    • 7 days or fewer before the programme’s start date: 100% of the programme fee will be charged
    • Cancellations received on or after the programme’s start date: 100% of the programme fee will be charged.


    The participant can be substituted by someone from the same company on the same course without extra costs.

    General terms and conditions

    Please click RSM Executive Education’s general terms and conditions.


    The programmes take place at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Bayle Building, Burgemeester Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam.

    Hotel accommodation

    If you require hotel accommodation in Rotterdam, we recommend Novotel Rotterdam Brainpark, adjacent to the university.

  • RSM’s Finance for Non-Financial Managers programme runs in Rotterdam on several dates. Please select the one that suits you best to register: