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MIT Sloan School of Management - Economics for Business

8 weeks
Full time/part time
Diploma / certificate
Online / Distance
Cape Town
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Program description

Economics for Business

Identify the economic forces shaping your business and make informed decisions that drive change.

Earn an official certificate of professional achievement from MIT Sloan School of Management.

Large-scale economic trends can profoundly affect businesses of all sizes, whether it’s inflation, governmental policy, or changes in market demand. For contemporary organizations to remain competitive, executives must account for the impact in their strategic decision making. The Economics for Business online program from MIT Sloan offers you the opportunity to explore economics from a business perspective, guided by renowned economist Professor Roberto Rigobon. You’ll be exposed to an engaging mix of case studies, narratives, and problem-solving activities designed to build your understanding of macroeconomics. On completion, you’ll be able to apply your knowledge to interpret and manage economic change within your organization.

Admission requirements

Is this course for you?

The program is geared towards business professionals and leaders looking to understand the influence of economic trends on business, and who are seeking tools, concepts, and models to inform their decision making. Aspiring managers and executives with decision-making responsibilities stand to benefit from an understanding of the broader business environment. The cross-industry applications of macroeconomics is beneficial for business professionals aiming to enhance their knowledge of economic trends and advance within their career.

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Program content

Course curriculum

Discover the impact of economics on business as you work through the weekly modules of this online program.

Orientation module

Welcome to your Online Campus

Module 1

The global economy

Module 2

Consumer confidence and policy effects

Module 3

Currencies, crises, and cryptos

Module 4

Measuring economic health: The current account

Module 5

Measuring economic health: The labor market

Module 6

Economic shocks

Module 7

Social and political factors

Module 8

Creating economic sustainability

Program delivery


  • Duration: 8 weeks (excluding orientation)
  • 6–8 hours per week- Self-paced learning online


Earn a certificate of completion from MIT Sloan

Learn to recognize and react to the economic forces shaping your business, and earn an official certificate of completion from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

This program also counts towards an MIT Sloan Executive Certificate, which you can earn upon completion of four programs where at least three of the four come from your chosen certificate track and at least one is completed in person. Find out more.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the program, as per the stipulated requirements.

What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • Tools and frameworks to navigate the economic forces affecting your business.
  • The ability to identify and evaluate macroeconomic variables, policies, and financial indicators, and account for these events in your decision making.
  • A critical intuition for macroeconomic trends developed through problem-based learning and led by world-renowned economist Professor Roberto Rigobon.

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Contact info


Deneb House, 368 Browning Road, Woodstock,
7925 Cape Town
South Africa

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