LogoInvestment Science

Modern Concepts for

  • Real Options
  • Project Options
  • Business Model Options
  • Accelerated Financial Growth
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Investment Science for Industry, pioneered at Stanford University and applied at some of the most successful Silicon Valley companies, applies modern financial methods to important decisions in firms. It provides a coherent framework for design and selection of projects, use of project options, and consideration of alternative business models. This popular two-day course introduces these powerful new methods using simple concepts and several real-life examples.

Executives, financial analysts, and project managers will benefit from the insights and methods presented in this course. The methods are useful in almost every field, including high-technology, utilities, financial service organizations, and manufacturing companies.

What participants will learn

How will participants learn


Participants will receive textual material and copies of all lecture transparencies. In addition, participants will receive a computer disk with software suitable for carrying out proper discounting, simulation, and evaluation of real options.

General Description

The modern principles of business finance are embedded in the field of Investment Science pioneered at Stanford University by Professor David G. Luenberger. The new methods of investment science can be applied to the problems of any industry:business problems at all levels, including issues of project design, growth strategy, risk management, and a variety of operational problems. In fact, the principles of investment science are applicable to any area where financial return is an important consideration.

The new principles of finance provide greater clarity and accuracy of financial evaluations. In addition, they often show how values can be substantially increased by use of options and other structuring techniques. The Stanford program, working with industry, has shaped these new principles so that they are expressed in simple terms, but still support the full potential of project options, business model options, risk reduction, and growth enhancement.

The course presentation is a balance between broad concepts and actual methods that can be used in practice. Examples are presented that illustrate both the concepts and the methods. Participants are given the opportunity to apply the material both in conceptual form and as actual computation with spreadsheet analysis.

Course Outline

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Professor Luenberger is in the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University. He is the author of five major textbooks. Professor Luenberger has consulted for several corporations including Citicorp, Hewlett-Packard, and Applied Materials. He also served as technical assistant to the President's Science Advisor in the Office of Science and Technology, Washington, DC. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He was awarded the Bode Prize and the Oldenburger Medal. In 1999 he received the INFORMS expository writing award for his textbooks.

Professor Luenberger will be assisted by other instructors who will present cases and help participants with individual hands-on examples.