A Refresher on Payback Method

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There are a variety of ways to calculate a return on investment (ROI) — net present value , internal rate of return , breakeven — but the simplest is payback period. What is payback period? Payback is by far the most common ROI method used to express the return you’re getting on an investment. ” The shorter the payback period, the better. This is the major limitation of the payback method.

Hospital Budget Systems Are Holding Back Innovation

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A second, more radical solution is to create budgets and authority for a service line or integrated practice unit (IPU) that manages a patient’s entire treatment for a high-volume medical condition. The IPU is an essential component of the value-based care model advocated by Harvard Business School’s Michael Porter. Financial management Technology Innovation Healthcare Digital ArticleGillian Blease/Getty Images.


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Why We Need to Update Financial Reporting for the Digital Era

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In our recent HBR article , we argued that financial statements fail to capture the value created by modern digital companies. and (ii) how can digital firms improve their financial reports to communicate sources of value creation in their businesses? Business students have traditionally considered net present value, payback period, and hurdle rates as necessary tools to determine which project to select. Martin Konopka/EyeEm/Getty Images.


An HBR Refresher on Breakeven Quantity

Harvard Business Review

“It’s one of the more popular ways that managers calculate marketing ROI,” says Avery, pointing out that other common ones include calculating the investment payback period, calculating an internal rate of return, and using net present value analysis. ” The other forms of ROI often require a more complex understanding of financial concepts such as the firm’s cost of capital or the time value of money.