Financing Decisions within the Firm

Posted: 18 Aug 2006

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Mihir A. Desai

Harvard Business School - Finance Unit; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: 2006


This module note describes the third module of the International Finance course at Harvard Business School. The module focuses on the financial and managerial issues that confront managers who make financial decisions within multinational firms: how subsidiaries should be financed and owned, how repatriations should be conducted, how different tax regimes influence financial decisions, and how firms can measure and compare the performance of businesses and managers in different countries. The module note provides instructors with an overview of the module, the cases and the teaching notes, and explains how this module fits into the overall International Finance course. There is a brief description of the framework developed in the course and the note explains the application of this framework to the cases in this module. The module note includes descriptions of the three cases in the module and the analysis required in each case; an explanation of the learning objectives and suggested assignment questions for the cases; and information on additional materials useful in teaching the cases. The module note concludes with references to the relevant academic literature and a bibliography.

Suggested Citation

Desai, Mihir A., Financing Decisions within the Firm (2006). HBS Publishing Module Note No.: 5-206-124, Available at SSRN:

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