Finance Basics (HBR 20-Minute Manager Series)

Harvard Business Review Press
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Intimidated by corporate finance? The numbers (and the jargon) can feel overwhelming--but you have to understand them to manage effectively. Finance Basics explains the fundamentals simply and quickly, introducing you to key terms and concepts such as:
  • How to navigate financial statements
  • How to weigh costs and benefits
  • What’s involved in budgeting and forecasting
  • How to gauge a company's financial health

Don't have much time? Get up to speed fast on the most essential business skills with HBR's 20-Minute Manager series. Whether you need a crash course or a brief refresher, each book in the series is a concise, practical primer that will help you brush up on a key management topic. Advice you can quickly read and apply, for ambitious professionals and aspiring executives--from the most trusted source in business. Also available as an ebook.

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Harvard Business Review is the leading destination for smart management thinking. Through its flagship magazine, 11 international licensed editions, books from Harvard Business Review Press, and digital content and tools published on HBR.org, Harvard Business Review provides professionals around the world with rigorous insights and best practices to lead themselves and their organizations more effectively and to make a positive impact.

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Publisher
Harvard Business Review Press
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Published on
Feb 18, 2014
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Pages
112
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ISBN
9781625270894
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Decision-Making & Problem Solving
Business & Economics / Finance / General
Business & Economics / Skills
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