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About the Program

Many companies often utilize a strict return-on-investment model with a single hurdle rate to make project decisions. Companies employ this strategy when making purchasing decisions, deciding production strategies, which projects to bid on and more. However, this strategy is limited and can even be dangerous because it leads to high return-on-investment proposals never coming to fruition. Alternately, low risk but profitable projects are not pursued. As a result, poor investment decisions can occupy all of the company’s resources and leave it strapped for cash.

One solution to this problem is moving away from this simplistic approach and implementing a system based on risk-adjusted return-on-investment. Factoring in risk can keep the cash flowing and ensures that valuable resources are being used effectively.


Attending “Beyond ROI: Risk Assessment & Management in Project Selection” will enable companies that use a single ROI hurdle rate to transition to a risk-adjusted ROI system. Participants will learn to evaluate risk and create an upgraded decision system to determine their own optimal mix of returns, greatly improving their chance of success.


  • Plot various risk profiles for your projects
  • Develop expected returns on those projects
  • Create a decision system to determine optimal mix of risk-adjusted returns


This course is intended for financial executives of project and contract driven companies, production heads, small business CEO’s, operating managers, project managers, project portfolio managers and anyone else who makes return on investment decisions.



“Professor Valkanov was excellent, would definitely take other courses with him.”

— Previous Learning Consortium participant

Dr. Rossen Valkanov is an associate professor of finance at the Rady School. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University. In 1999, he became an assistant professor of finance at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management where he remained until his appointment at UC San Diego. From 2001-2004 he served as an assistant professor of finance at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Management, teaching courses for the master’s program in financial engineering.

He is a member of many professional organizations including the American Finance Association, the American Economic Association, the Econometric Society and the Bachelier Society. Dr. Valkanov’s main research interests are in the areas of financial econometrics, empirical asset pricing, portfolio choice and monetary economics.

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