Ironclad Helps Reduce Risk in Investment Decision-Making

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Effective company and industry analysis significantly reduces risk in investment analysis and selection. In a new course specifically designed for investment professionals, leading management training company Ironclad Strategy provides advanced training in the concepts, tools and techniques of effective company and industry analysis.

Ironclad Strategy Training Managing Director James Leighton Davis.

Ironclad Strategy's Managing Director, James Leighton Davis, believes the addition of company and industry analysis can reduce risk in investment selection.

The course enforces the importance of resources to strategic capability, and how even the most financially-sound companies can fail in different competitive markets if their strategic capabilities do not enable them to achieve competitive advantage.

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Leading strategic management training company Ironclad Strategy has developed a new in-company training course specifically for investment analysts.

The new three-day course, entitled Company and Industry Analysis for Investment Professionals enables analysts to enhance typical financially focused analytical methods with the addition of complex company and industry analysis.

This allows the analyst to gain a greater understanding of both the resources and capabilities of the firm as well as the competitive environment within which it operates. In turn, this improved understanding significantly reduces risk through an awareness that a company is not only financially sound, but is also actually capable of achieving competitive advantage in its chosen sector(s).

Ironclad Strategy’s Managing Director, James Leighton Davis, said, “We designed this course because of a fairly substantial increase in requests for this type of training from the professional investment market. A number of investment firms globally have contacted us to see if we can design a course that would teach their analysts – who are already great at the financial aspects of investment analysis – to really understand the companies and markets they are looking at.

“The course we have designed really enforces the importance of resources to strategic capability, and how even the most financially-sound and best-managed companies can fail in different competitive markets if their capabilities do not enable them to achieve competitive advantage.

“Ultimately, this course allows analysts to make more risk-appropriate recommendations because they will have considered, in depth, the likelihood that a company will be able to succeed in its chosen market, and that the use of its resources is likely to result in an acceptable return on investment.”

Company and Industry Analysis for Investment Professionals is an intensive three-day, in-company programme specifically designed for analysts and managers who wish to gain a greater understanding of the companies they are considering investing in, acquiring, merging or partnering with. The course complements traditional fundamental analysis; the concepts and techniques learned can, if used correctly, significantly reduce investment risk.

This in-company course costs £3,300 for up to 12 participants, and includes all training and course materials. Further information, including how to book, can be found on the Ironclad Strategy website.

A typical programme for the three days is as follows:

DAY ONE
Morning Session

  •     Introductions and Objectives
  •     Introduction to Corporate, Business and Competitive Strategy
  •     The Role of Analysis in Strategy Formulation

Afternoon Session

  •     Industry Analysis – Fundamentals
  •     Environmental and Industry Analysis
  •     Analysing Industry Attractiveness
  •     Porter’s Five Forces
  •     Applying Industry Analysis
  •     Defining Industries and Markets
  •     Identifying Key Success Factors

DAY TWO
Morning Session

  •     Industry Analysis – Continued…
  •     Extending the Five Forces
  •     Introduction to Game Theory
  •     Competitor Analysis
  •     Segmentation Analysis
  •     Strategic Groups

Afternoon Session

  •     Analysing Resources and Capabilities
  •     The Role of Resources and Capabilities in Strategy Formulation
  •     Resources of the Firm
  •     Understanding Organisational Capabilities
  •     Step-by-Step Approach to Appraising Resources and Capabilities

DAY THREE
Morning Session

  •     Competitive Advantage
  •     Introduction to Competitive Advantage
  •     Analysing Cost Advantage
  •     Analysing Differentiation Advantage

Afternoon Session

  •     Learning Consolidation

Ironclad Strategy is a leading management training company specialising in strategy. The firm provides both in-company and public courses in strategic management, strategic analysis, competitive intelligence and strategic thinking to clients worldwide.

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