Data Detective

Financial Analysis



$150 / seat

Simulation Overview

In this simulation, students learn to identify typical industry characteristics revealed in financial data. Equipped with an interactive and flexible set of tools, students analyze disguised financials and - using their knowledge of operational practices and reasoning skills - match them to real companies and their descriptions. The simulation allows faculty to assign firms from a library of more than 50 publicly traded companies or upload their own.

Learning Focus

Create a narrative about how a business operates and finances itself, given common-size financial statements and select ratios. Demonstrate an understanding of how the operational and financial story of an industry would reflect in companies’ financial ratios and other metrics.

Topics Covered

  • Accounting
  • Financial analysis
  • Financial statements
  • Financial accounting
  • Financial ratios

This simulation comes with a Teaching Guidebook for the facilitator along with 1:1 training sessions, free trials, videos and more.


This simulation is by V.G. Narayanan, Suraj Srinivasan, and Harvard Business School Publishing

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