Professor Kevin Kaiser gave an insightful and funny talk at the Dutch M&A Forum. His topic was Value Creation in M&A – and the main message: ‘value is like love’. You can’t see it or touch it but you know it’s there! You can read more about the event here (in Dutch):  

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“Disruptive technological forces are impacting finance. Finance professionals should be upskilling in order to stay competitive” says Professor Raghavendra Rau. Technology and finance disruption. These words usually conjure up negative images of robotic process automation and machine learning replacing people’s day-to-day jobs and industries. Talks about rapid technology advancements such as the often-touted artificial intelligence…

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“It’s catastrophic when people want to keep negotiations simple”, says Ingemar Dierickx while he’s enjoying a glass of red wine in the Amsterdam DoubleTree Hilton. He’s just finished teaching the first day of a three-day course on ‘Negotiation Dynamics’. At the end of the day, he asked the attendees the following question: “what is the…

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On 17 April we hosted a networking event for a group of our alumni, as well as other interested professionals, at the Room Mate Aitana Hotel in central Amsterdam – the first alumni event at this location! Professor Ludovic Phalippou (University of Oxford Saïd Business School) gave a presentation on the role of private markets…

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A chicken franchise that’s growing spectacularly fast and that wants to do for rotisserie chicken what KFC did for fried chicken. Does that sound like a good investment or not? Professor Jim Wahlen uses the Boston Chicken case to illustrate if accounting information can be used to make smart financial decisions. “Boston Chicken is a really…

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NEW Risk Programs with Dr. Russell Walker!In October 2019 and June 2020 Dr. Russell Walker (Kellogg School of Management) will return to AIF. In October 2019 he will be teaching Operational Risk – From Measurement to Management and Leadership, a program focusing on the importance of operational risk in the financial services industry and the development of organizational capabilities to address…

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The quest for funding

03 April, 2019 10:37

A great read for anyone navigating the world of start-ups and new ventures: Professor Luisa Alemany details the pros and cons of the different financing sources. This article is based on knowledge insights published in the book ‘Entrepreneurial Finance: The Art and Science of Growing Ventures’, by Luisa Alemany and Job J. Andreoli. At AIF…

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Newsletter March 2019

05 March, 2019 12:30

We are excited to introduce some new programs to you this year: Competitive Strategy in a Digitizing World; Leadership: Influencing People & Managing Change; and Financial Disruption! Scroll down to read about these and some of our other programs – and visit our brand new website to find out more. To see all our open enrollment courses for 2019, please…

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In the footnotes of financial reports – for example under ‘earnings management’ – one can find information that relates to billions of Euros Or is it only a strange quirk if a report shows questionable numbers? This is what the American Professor of Accounting Jim Wahlen, who teaches at Indiana University, tries to explain in…

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New course location

04 March, 2019 09:30

As of 2019 our courses will be held at a new location in central Amsterdam: Room Mate Aitana Hotel. The hotel is located at a 10-minute walking distance from Amsterdam Central Station, on a “semi-island” next to the IJ-river. There are restaurants, a small shop and a bar nearby – everything you need! The center…

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