Harvard University offers a variety of business courses for individuals who wish to broaden their understanding of critical factors related to a company's function. This article presents five introductory courses that are free and participants can attend them online.

  1. Accounting and Financial Statements for Nonprofits: Participants have the opportunity to learn the basics of accounting for nonprofits through these webinars. This is an introductory self-paced online program taught in English and lasts four weeks. Basic accounting concepts and financial statements are introduced to individuals with little or no experience in finance or accounting. The webinar is being conducted in conjunction with the Nonprofit Financial Stewardship Executive Education Program at Harvard Kennedy School. The instructor is Eric Schwartz, CEO of PricewaterhouseCoopers National Assurance Health Services. The course is of course free and runs until November 8, 2022. Not to mention that participants will not receive a certificate for completing this webinar series.
  2. Improving Your Business Through a Culture of Health: It is a nine-week program with a time commitment of one to three hours per week. Participants will learn how to strengthen their business using the Culture of Health approach and promote wellness. They also get useful information on how to reduce costs, increase revenues and improve a company's reputation through a culture of health. The course outline provides an introduction to health culture and highlights why business should care about good health. It also includes four pillars. The title of the first pillar is "The health of your consumers", the title of the second pillar is "The health of your employees", the title of the third pillar is "The health of your community" and the title of the fourth pillar is "Our environment". The course is open until January 5, 2021. The instructors are senior lecturers and professors of business and public health at Harvard University.
  3. Practicing Leadership: Basic Principles: It is a four-week self-paced course. However, there is a time commitment of two or three hours per week. Participants will learn how to identify and unbundle complex challenges, how to understand the role of formal and informal authority, how to identify key stakeholder perspectives and how to implement personal strategies to survive and thrive in the midst of change. Discovering new ways to approach complex organizational systems is another key factor of the course. The course is open until June 25, 2021. The course instructor is Ronald Heifetz, founder of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School.
  4. Technology Entrepreneurship: Lab to market: This online course offers a systematic approach to technology entrepreneurship. Participants will learn how to generate new usage scenarios by matching customer needs with promising technology seeds and how to align business and business models. It is worth noting that this introductory course was developed in conjunction with the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard and the University of California, San Diego. Platform edX hosts the course which is open until October 8, 2021. Two are the instructors of the course. The first is Karim Lakhani, Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration, Harvard University, and the second Vish Krishnan, Jacobs Family Chair in Management and Engineering Leadership, University of California San Diego.
  5. Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies: It is a self-paced course of six weeks duration. The course will open on October 23, 2020 and will remain available for submissions until May 23, 2021. This business and management course, taught by Harvard Business School Professor Tarun Khanna, has as its main feature: raising awareness of entrepreneurial opportunities in fast-growing emerging markets. Participants also learn to understand and solve complex social problems. The courses are offered through the edX platform.

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