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Course Description

Working Capital Management is a comprehensive primer on keeping your business financially competitive in the face of limited access to short-term funds. With detailed insight applicable to each phase in the business cycle, this authoritative guide helps managers revamp current practices for more efficient use of assets and liabilities, including more stringent monitoring and planning of collections, disbursements, and balances. You'll learn how to minimize investments in idle resources and how to maximize the use of forecast data to better identify risk and the optimal use of available funds. Case studies illustrate the practical applications of the ideas presented, with particular attention given to cash budgeting, forecasting, banking relationships, and other common scenarios with specific requirements.

Managing a company's short-term resources is both an art and a science. Effectively maintaining funds for ongoing activities - and keeping those funds liquid, mobile, and available - is a masterful skillset lacking in business. Working Capital Management offers practical advice for managers in this challenging position, providing guidance that helps them: 

  • Learn the specific metrics at work in capital management and the problems that they can cause
  • Improve cash management with robust fraud protection and better use of short-term instruments
  • Manage the issues that arise from accounts receivable, inventory, payables, information management, and international sources
  • Develop an effective management system for key points in the working capital cycle


James S. Sagner, PhD, CCM, CMC

James S. Sagner, PhD, CCM, CMC, is with the School of Business of the University of Bridgeport (CT) teaching MBA-level courses in finance and international business. He’s a senior principal of Sagner/Marks and of Bank Credit Training Partners. He also teaches in the University of North Carolina’s Executive Development program. He has managed over 250 large-scale studies for global organizations and is recognized as an expert in financial management and economic analysis. His clients have included financial service and manufacturing companies. Previously, he was with was with the First National Bank of Chicago (now J.P. Morgan Chase); A. T. Kearney, financial and economic consultants; and served as chief economist of the Maryland Department of Transportation.

James is the author of 8 books and some 60 papers and articles that have appeared in various publications. His most recent books include Handbook of Corporate Lending (2011, with Herbert Jacobs) and Essentials of Working Capital Management (2010). Among his other 6 books is Cashflow Reengineering (1997), named as one of the 100 most important finance books ever published. James has been honored as a Rockefeller Fellow and is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma.

Course Specifics

Dec 18, 2017
There are no prerequisites.

Compliance Information

Qualifies for CA Fraud: No

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

Chapter 1

  • Define the basic concepts of working capital and cite problems in assigning management responsibility for working capital.
  • Define the traditional and modern views of cost in working capital management.

Chapter 2

  • Specify how liquidity ratios, activity ratios, profitability ratios, benchmarking, and other key metrics are calculated and used in working capital.
  • Identify problems in the use of ratios and metrics.

Chapter 3

  • Cite the significant components of cash and how lockboxing can improve cash management.
  • Identify pros and cons in the management of paper transactions, including depository accounts and controlled disbursements.
  • Compare products used to process electronic business-to-business transactions and how they help combat fraud.

Chapter 4

  • Cite techniques that can be utilized when developing a short-term forecast and preparing cash budgets.
  • Identify how various credit arrangements provided by lenders and short-term investments can be used in the cash budgeting process.

Chapter 5

  • Identify current trends in banking relationship management, including the mobilization of cash in a multibank network.
  • Name the general terms of credit arrangements, the important issues in arrangements for credit, and ongoing bank relationship concerns.

Chapter 6

  • Cite appropriate policies for receivables management, including the impact of float on receivables.
  • Cite the use of ratios and aging schedules in managing receivables.
  • Cite receivables issues, including sales financing and credit reporting, and evaluate the terms of the sale.

Chapter 7

  • Identify the appropriate policies for inventory management and how ratios and other metrics assist in inventory management.
  • Identify problems involved with purchasing and work-in-process inventory.

Chapter 8

  • Cite how ratios and other metrics assist in payables management.
  • Differentiate between active and passive management of payables.
  • Name internal processes and outsourcing alternatives in managing payables.

Chapter 9

  • Cite working capital opportunities in international business.
  • Identify issues in international working capital, including global corporate behavior and cultural differences.

Chapter 10

  • Identify how information technology fits into the development of a rational business perspective and how working capital information products are used for communication.
  • Identify aspects of enterprise resource planning (ERP) as an approach to developing working capital formation.

Chapter 11

  • Identify risk management issues in working capital.
  • Identify how attitudes have changed the management of working capital, working capital ideas, and implementation procedures.

Chapter 12

  • Cite cases to gain further insight into a company and determine ways to improve the financial efficiency and managerial insight.

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