Finance, Controlling & Auditing

Driving Financial Performance

Finance for Non-Financials: Develop Your Financial Confidence


Programme Description

The role as manager has steadily become more complex in recent years. For a successful career, well-founded knowledge in the area of finance and controlling topics is also an essential for „non-financials“. At the forefront of the on-campus module is the practical application and concrete assessment of business cases. In terms of finance-conscious management this will sharpen your competence decisively.

Target Audience

This short program is aimed at non-financials in lower and middle echelon management with responsibility for costs and results.


Start Dates
3h self-study + 4 days on-campus attendance time
Number of ECTS Credits
Level of Experience
Senior Manager
Functional Manager
Functional Specialist
High Potential
Programme Type
CHF 4'900
St. Gallen
Individual Modules Bookable
Flexible Entry
Programme Language

Programme Benefits

  • Develop a basic understanding of financial and business accounting.
  • Know and apply the main tools for the financial side of business management.
  • Immerse yourself in the topic of controlling and acquire an overview of planning, reporting and cost management.
  • Enhance your strategic options by valuating a business using the main key figures.
  • Calculate actual and future costs with the help of various methods of capital budgeting.

Course Structure

This short program includes the following components:

  • 3h self-study as preparation for the in-class module
  • On-campus module in St. Gallen: April 24 - 27, 2023

Content & Faculty

Analysis of Key Financial Figures

  • Analyzing and interpreting key figures

  • Understanding the financial basics of the business plan

Capital Budgeting & Business Valuation

  • Getting acquainted with capital budgeting methods

  • Conducting business valuations

Accounting & Controlling

  • Cost accounting fundamentals

  • A look at management-relevant controlling


Dr. Thorsten Truijens, one of the most successful HSG-lecturer in the area of Finance and Controlling.

How to apply

Your Application

Are you interested? Then sign up for the executive education program „Driving Financial Performance“. To do this, you must first create an account. Then you can go through the application step-by-step and submit. We look forward to your registration!

Further information


A balanced tutorial: Theory and case studies are perfectly connected to the current business environment. The best choice for managers who aim to improve their financial acumen towards business excellence.
Dr. Giacomo Vitarelli
Manager, Celanese
The combination of theory & case studies in this outstanding program has helped me to get a deep understanding of financial impacts of everyday decision making processes. And it was part of the initiation to move into a new function in my company.
Müge Deniz Yüksek
Global Market Segment Manager Automotive/ E-mobility, Von Roll Switzerland

Why HSG?

Executive education at the University of St.Gallen (HSG), one of Europe's leading business universities, provides you with an optimal preparation for the future. The University of St.Gallen is more than just an educational institution; it is a place of inspiration that stimulates you to think. You will acquire up-to-date knowledge that is of great practical relvance, and gain valuable insights. This will enable you to make an important contribution to social and economic progress and to your own personal development. "From insight to impact" is not just our message; it is a promise against which we can be measured. 

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