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The lecturer: Marc Bertonèche

Visiting professor at Harvard Business School.
Three-time winner of the prestigious Harvard Business School's Faculty Award. Company director. Learn more

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  • Case study resolutions
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The Financial Analysis MOOC


Financial analysis is a prerequisite for many decisions in the life of a company: bank loans, bond issues, credit rating assessment, corporate valuation within the context of selling a company or for wealth tax purpose, financing choice, level of dividend distribution, etc.

Financial analysis is a process in which we will ask ourselves a series of questions, searches and finds possible answers particularly in the company’s accounting records, in order to make progress in the understanding of this company and eventually be able to appropriately assess the capability of the firm to pay its debts in due course and to create value for its shareholders.

The goal of financial analysis is to diagnose the past in order to understand the present and try to predict the future. The learning objective of this MOOC is to provide its followers with a clear, simple and effective methodology, enabling them to successfully complete financial analyses independently. Content will be based on real-life examples of companies, developed each week.


The prerequisites of the Financial Analysis MOOC are to understand the basics of accounting, namely, the main items of the income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement and to have a good understanding of their structure.

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Marc Bertonèche

Marc Bertonèche - MOOC financial analysis

Marc Bertonèche is a visiting professor of finance at the Harvard Business School. At Harvard he has won several awards for excellence and innovation in the classroom, and is a 3-time winner of the prestigious Harvard Business School's Faculty Award. Professor Bertonèche has also been a regular faculty member in finance at the University of Oxford, Said Business School and a visiting professor at HEC Paris, INSEAD and ESC Bordeaux.

In addition, he has lead a large number of executive programs for global organizations such as: Air Liquide, AstraZeneca, Baxter International, Carrefour, Disneyland Paris, Electrolux, Goodyear, Hewlett-Packard, Honeywell,

IBM, Kimberly-Clark, L'Oreal, Philips, Rhone-Poulenc, SAS International Hotels, St. Gobain, Schneider Electric and Unilever.

Professor Bertonèche is a Director at several companies, including: Sun Hydraulics and Total Infrastructures Gaz France. He is the author or co-author of six books, two videos and more than fifty published articles on various financial topics. Professor Bertonèche holds a PhD from Northwestern University‘s Graduate School of Management and a Doctorate in Management from the University of Bordeaux, together with a MBA, a Master in Economics and a Master in Political Science.

About the MOOC


  • 4 to 6 video sequences of 10 min +  assessment/quiz each week
  • A case study approach
  • A weekly live video session of 45 min conducted by Marc Bertonèche to discuss the week’s lectures
  • A forum to interact with Professor Bertonèche and other participants


  • A "practice financial analysis" case study corrected by the peers in the end of the Week 5
  • Receive an attestation of success to the Financial Analysis MOOC delivered by FIRST BUSINESS MOOC
  • Receive the complete ICCF® textbook
  • The opportunity to prepare for the ICCF® Certificate (International Certificate in Corporate Finance®) examination of which the MOOC delivers the basic foundations
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Depending on your assessment results you can obtain an attestation of success. In addition, this MOOC is the first step towards the ICCF® Certificate (International Certificate in Corporate Finance®), which is recognized by many investment banks, Masters in Finance and MBAs. You can take the ICCF® Certificate examination in one of the PEARSON VUE centers existing in over 150 countries.

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