Textbook

This course uses a custom course pack entitled "Finance and Business Strategy: FI414 Case Book (Spring 2012)", printed by the McGraw-Hill companies.

Two copies are reserved in the Business Library.

What is included in the pack:
  • 13 cases published by Harvard Business School and Darden School of Business (University of Virginia).
    • For a list of the cases to be discussed in this semester, see the Schedule section
  • A manual written by Bob Bruner on how to value a business in an M&A (merger and acquisition) situation.
The pack is available in both printed and electronic formats.

Printed format:

Electronic version (eBook):
  • If you are interested in an eBook version, you can purchase an electronic copy from McGraw-Hill directly
  • The cost is $57.11

What is an eBook?
  • An "eBook" or "electronic book" is a digital version of a book. 
    • It can be downloaded to a personal computer or Tablet PC (but NOT available on iPad or Amazon Kindle devices at this time). 
  • A reader software called VitalSource (Windows or Mac) needs to be installed on your computer.
    • It allows you to search, highlight, and make notes on the eBook.
  • The eBook can also be viewed directly in web browsers without downloading.
  • You can print out the eBook for up to 3 times (I was told).
  • The digital files are protected with DRM (Digital Rights Management) and can be downloaded to up to 2 computers.
  • If you have further questions:
    • Contact McGraw-Hill customer service at the toll free number 1-800-962-9342 and select the STUDENT option. Technical support will be able to answer your questions.

My views about the eBook:
  • It is significantly cheaper.
  • However, most people are more comfortable reading traditional books than staring at computer screens. 
    • Know what type of reader you are before making a decision.

Other recommended readings:
  • Your priority should be reading the case pack.
  • Certainly, reviewing any of your previous corporate finance textbooks can be very helpful, if needed.
  • You may want to review your previous accounting textbooks as well, if you have problem understanding financial statements (balance sheet, income, and cash flow statements).
  • I have a large collection of finance-related Kindle ebooks and I will be glad to loan to you for free if you are interested