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Learn how to collect and analyze financial information to evaluate economic conditions. The role of the economist is vital to helping businesses make decisions by understanding the current, and potential, economic environment.
Discover how the economy works and which factors influence it.
Analyze financial data to determine how it may impact an organization.
Evaluate how economic models could influence business decisions.
Learn how to use economics to make better business decisions. Explore economic theories to strategize and solve business problems from demand and competition to pricing products.
1h 20m • COURSE
Economics for Everyone: Understanding a Recession with Jason Schenker
Learn how recessions impact industries, jobs, investments, and companies. Find out what can be done when economic downturns impact workers, consumers, financial markets, and more.
36m 31s • COURSE
Economic Indicators with Jason Schenker
Learn how to find and interpret data about key economic indicators, such as unemployment, GDP, and home sales, in order to make better professional and financial decisions.
3h 14m • COURSE
The Data Science of Economics, Banking, and Finance, with Barton Poulson with Barton Poulson
Find out how data science is changing economics, banking, and finance: everything from how stocks are traded to how loans are approved.
1h 20m • COURSE
Excel: Economic Analysis and Data Analytics with Michael McDonald
Use big data to forecast economic trends. Find out how to perform regression analysis for economic forecasting using Microsoft Excel.
1h 37m • COURSE
Finance Foundations: Risk Management with Jason Schenker
Prepare for the worst before things go bad. Learn the foundations of financial risk management, including identifying, measuring, owning, addressing, and monitoring risk.
1h 11m • COURSE
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Stefan Michel is a professor at IMD, a distinguished author, and an international marketing consultant.
At IMD, he is the director of the Executive MBA program, and he teaches in the Strategic Marketing program, the Foundation for Leadership program, the MBA program, and the Orchestrating Winning Performance program, as well as in many partnership programs for world-leading companies.
He has written six books, eight book chapters, and more than twenty newspaper articles on these subjects, as well as many academic articles that have appeared in journals including Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, and the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science. He won the Emerald Literati Award 2009 by the Journal of Service Management, and the Best Paper Award in Marketing Strategy at the AMA Winter Educators' Conference in 2005. Prior to joining IMD, Professor Michel was an associated professor of marketing at Thunderbird School of Global Management (USA), where he taught in the MBA and EMBA programs, as well as in customized corporate learning programs for European, Korean, and Chinese companies. He introduced various successful teaching innovations and received several awards for excellence in teaching. He is an invited global faculty member at the Center for Service Leadership at Arizona State University (USA). He works internationally with clients such as GE (New York), Visa Europe, Credit Suisse, Maersk, Interbrand Zintzmeyer & Lux, Concordia, Postfinance, and UBS, and he ran his family's hotel business as chairman of the board. He is a nonexecutive board member at Bossard and a board member of GfM Gesellschaft für Marketing (Swiss Marketing Association).
Professor Michel holds an MBA and a DBA from the University of Zurich, both summa cum laude. He received the 1997 Best Dissertation Award, granted by the Swiss Society for Market and Social Research.
Jason Schenker is an economist, finance expert, futurist, speaker, and author.
Jason is the chairman of The Futurist Institute and the president of Prestige Economics. Since 2004, he has been a keynote speaker on the professional lecture circuit, as well as a frequent guest on CNBC, CNN, and Bloomberg Television. He has written over two dozen books about leadership, finance, economics, and disruptive emerging technologies. Eleven of these books have become best sellers.
Jason advises executives, institutional investors, governments, and other key groups on future technology trends, the economy, financial markets, and risk management. Bloomberg News has ranked Jason the #1 forecaster in the world in 25 different categories since 2011 for his forecasting accuracy.
Barton Poulson is a professor, designer, and data analytics expert.
Barton has bridged the analytic and aesthetic for most of his life, with a background in industrial design, a Ph.D. in social and personality psychology, and a deep love for data analysis and data visualization as well as the visual and performing arts. Bart is an associate professor of psychology at Utah Valley University and has studied at Brigham Young University, the University of Utah, and the City University of New York. In his role as a teacher of research and analysis, he has conducted hundreds of studies with his students on topics from social identity and aspirations to implicit preferences for poetry and architecture. Bart and his wife, Jacque Lynn Bell, a modern dance choreographer, live with their three children in beautiful Salt Lake City.
Michael McDonald is a researcher and professor of finance at Fairfield University.
He has extensive programming skills in SAS, Stata, Python, R, and SQL, among other programming languages. His past work experience includes using these programming languages to analyze big data sets in finance and economics and develop trading strategies based on data mining. He has done extensive work in investment banking, at tech startups, hedge funds, and on a wide variety of consulting projects. He has a track record of authoring creative and practical course materials for a variety of subject areas across business disciplines.
Michael's core knowledge is focused on financial markets and investment decision-making. He has helped advise firms on capital investments, valuation issues, and capital allocation to enhance business strategy. He is the author of multiple research studies addressing complex questions across the finance discipline. Michael's work has been cited by the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, the CFA Institute, and many others.