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.

  • * Based on a five points scale

  • Florian Madertoner and Dr Arjen Mulder share the role of teaching the Finance for Non-Financial Managers programme. Occasionally we may substitute other faculty members according to the content of the programme and their availability.

    Florian Madertoner
    Florian Madertoner lectures at RSM, and researches capital structure theory, behavioural finance, fraud, and the history of finance. Florian teaches banking, finance and business in three modules and a minor in RSM’s international bachelor programme, and financial analysis and valuation in the MSc Finance & Investments, and also about financial markets and communication in RSM’s Executive Master in Corporate Communications. He received the "Professor of the Year Award" in 2016, 2017 and 2018 for his undergraduate course on corporate finance. He worked in banking and forensic auditing for 10 years and holds a Master degree in banking and finance from the University of Vienna.

    Dr Arjen Mulder
    Arjen Mulder is an Assistant Professor in Corporate Finance at RSM. He earned his doctorate in business at Erasmus University Rotterdam. His research interests are corporate finance and government interventions in private sector decision-making, such as taxation and investment subsidies for otherwise uneconomic investments. Arjen worked at the Netherlands Economic Institute (now Ecorys) prior to obtaining his PhD. His teaching activities focus on corporate finance and value creation.

  • Dates

    3 - 4 September 2020 > Apply now
    26 - 27 November 2020 > Apply now


    € 2,450 (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.

    General terms and conditions

    Our general terms and conditions apply when you register for an open programme. Please review them to learn more about our policies for cancellation, deferral and substitution.


    The programme takes place in the Bayle building on the Woudestein Campus of Erasmus University Rotterdam. 

    Hotel accommodation

    We recommend Novotel Rotterdam Brainpark Hotel, adjacent to the university and less than five minutes’ walk from campus. Participants benefit from special rates.

    During 12 – 16 May the Eurovison Song Contest takes place in Rotterdam. Should you be interested in joining the May run of this session, we recommend checking the hotel availability and prices in Rotterdam. Please note, Novotel Rotterdam Brainpark Hotel does not offer their special rate during this period.

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

     * Please contact our programme manager Lizett Silva to be placed on the waiting list for the March 2020 run.