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University of Edinburgh Business School Masterclass on Numbers, Governance and Leadership – 7/8 May 2015

Posted: 11th December 2014

Too often numerical calculations informing decision-making are seen as mere tools which deliver neutral answers. This is never the case, let alone in contemporary organizations and societies where the scale of complexity, risk and uncertainty makes clear that calculations have to be seen as an exercise to explore possible solutions rather than as a set of techniques which deliver correct answers.

This masterclass draws on this assumption to equip participants with a critical understanding of the functions and use of financial data and metrics in complex organizations and projects beyond issues of mere compliance. It will do so by combining an interdisciplinary approach to the study of numerical calculations with concrete business examples, allowing course participants to view familiar accounting and management reports in a new light and from a different perspective. This will allow them to understand and design management control systems as platforms and interfaces that create expert governance systems and informed leadership decisions.

The masterclass is delivered by Professor Brad Mackay, Chair in Accounting, Governance and Social Innovation, University of Edinburgh Business School

Who should attend?

Middle managers preparing for major Executive positions. Top managers with experience of leadership and control issues especially in the context of project management.



£895.  Tea and Coffee breaks and lunch on both days is provided as well as all course materials, and a formal dinner at the end of day 1. There is a 20% discount for University of Edinburgh Alumni and staff – please contact: for more details.


To find out more and to register please click here 


If you have any queries about the masterclass then please contact: or to see other Executive Education activities available at the University of Edinburgh Business School, please click here 

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