Trending Business Skills

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Trending Business Skills
Trending Business Skills

From AI to the cloud, technology is changing the future of business. To help you explore how these technologies and more can transform the way you work, we’ve rounded up some of the newest business Specializations and courses from top universities and companies on Coursera.

See how blockchain is impacting the world of business from INSEAD, learn the foundations of fintech from the University of Pennsylvania, identify how to apply machine learning to key business challenges from the experts at the Google Cloud, and more. Check out the list and find your next course! 

1. AI for Everyone by deeplearning.ai

AI is not only for engineers. If you want your organization to become better at using AI, this is the course to tell everyone to take. In this course, you’ll learn AI terminology, what AI can (and cannot) do, how to spot opportunities to apply AI to problems in your own organization, what it feels like to build machine learning and data science projects, how to work with an AI team and build an AI strategy in your company, and more.

2. Blockchain Revolution for the Enterprise Specialization by INSEAD

This Specialization taught by Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott, globally-recognized authorities on innovation and technology and authors of the best-selling book Blockchain Revolution, introduces you to the world of blockchain technology—explaining what blockchain is, how it works, and why it’s revolutionary.

3. Driving business towards the Sustainable Development Goals by Erasmus University Rotterdam

This course focuses on how businesses can work towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined by the United Nations. What can businesses do to counter climate change and create a sustainable business culture? Why is this relevant for business anyway? You’ll gain insights from leaders of international companies and academics in business and management on these topics.

4. Financial Reporting & Financial Statement Analysis Specialization by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Financial Reporting Specialization, which is part of the online Master of Science in Accountancy (iMSA), focuses on the role of financial accounting principles and processes in creating and reporting an organization’s financial statements. You’ll learn to use financial accounting principles to create and/or process an organization’s financial statements and analyze financial statements to assess an organization’s financial position.

5. Business Transformation with Google Cloud by Google Cloud

If you want to learn about cloud technology so you can excel in your role, help build the future of your business and thrive in the cloud era, then this course is for you. Through interactive training, you’ll learn about core cloud business drivers—specifically Google’s cloud—and gain the knowledge/skills to determine if business transformation is right for you and your team, and build short and long-term projects using the “superpowers” of cloud.

6. Strategic Management: Be Competitive by Macquarie University

This course, which is part of the online Global Master of Business Administration (Global MBA), focuses on the key principles behind the latest thinking in value co-creation, strategy and marketing, and teaches you how to apply them. By learning how to continuously plan, monitor, analyze and assess all that is necessary for an organization to meet its goals and objectives, you will be better prepared to take your organization forward in a viable strategic direction.

7. Fintech: Foundations & Applications of Financial Technology Specialization by the University of Pennsylvania 

This Specialization will introduce you to the fundamental building blocks of financial technologies and real-world applications through case studies. You’ll learn technology-driven financial strategies, from complex regulations to cryptocurrency to portfolio optimization. You’ll also learn how modern investment strategies deploy technology to produce optimal results, explore the disruptive force of changing payment methods, analyze the changing regulatory landscape, and gain a deeper understanding of robo-advising, crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending, and blockchain.

8. Machine Learning for Business Professionals by Google Cloud

This course is an introduction to machine learning for non-technical business professionals. By the end of this course, you will have learned how to formulate machine learning solutions to real-world problems, identify whether the data you have is sufficient for machine learning (ML), carry a project through various ML phases including training, evaluation, and deployment, perform AI responsibly and avoid reinforcing existing bias, discover ML use cases, and be successful at ML.

9. Regulatory Compliance Specialization by the University of Pennsylvania 

This Specialization will introduce the essential elements of effective organizational compliance by exploring the concepts, considerations, and strategies for assessing risks and managing the compliance function. You will learn the fundamental principles of effective compliance, the components of an effective compliance program and their applications, and then closely examine two of the most important areas of compliance in today’s business climate: privacy compliance, and anti-corruption.

10. Supply Chain Finance and Blockchain Technology Specialization by the New York Institute of Finance

This 4-course Specialization will describe in detail the evolution of traditional trade finance and the shift to supply chain finance, delving into the key elements, available options from which solutions are implemented, and an in-depth view on the success factors. When you complete the Specialization, you will gain the knowledge and skills to assess and identify Supply Chain Finance opportunities for a corporate buying organization.

11. U.S. Federal Taxation Specialization by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The U.S. Federal Taxation Specialization, which is part of the online Master of Science in Accountancy (iMSA), introduces the U.S. federal tax system via conceptual and applied material. You’ll learn how to apply basic principles to settings involving individuals, corporations, and other business entities, complete key components of major, individual U.S. federal tax returns, and identify tax-related strategies and implications of structuring transactions and organizations.