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Freeman team takes top prize at Wall St. Training Valuation Competition

February 14, 2012

Four Freeman School Master of Finance students beat out teams from more than 25 universities to take home the top honors at the inaugural Wall St. Training Valuation Competition. The contest, sponsored by Wall St. Training, a provider of training programs for finance professionals, took place in New York on Feb. 3.

Hamilton Lin, left, CEO of Wall St. Training, with the winning Freeman School team. From left to right, Bo Yuan, Bohua Liu, Feifan Qiang and Luo Xue. (Photo by Craig Williston/Qool Foto.)

In winning the competition, the Freeman School team—Bo Yuan (MFIN ’12), Bohua Liu...

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Burkenroad Symposium tackles ethics of social media

February 11, 2012

If there was an overriding theme at this year’s Burkenroad Symposium, “Taming the Dragon: The Ethics of Doing Business in the World of Social Media,” panelist David Vinjamuri summed it up best.

Burkenroad Institute Director Adrienne Colella, left, with panelist David Vinjamuri. Vinjamuri emphasized the importance of ethics in social media at this year’s symposium. Photos by Cheryl Gerber.

“Just because you can doesn’t mean you should,” said Vinjamuri, founder of ThirdWay Brand Trainers and “Brand Truth” columnist for Forbes magazine. “There are many things that are...

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Study shows 'downsizing' options beat calorie warnings in convincing diners to eat less

February 08, 2012

Studies have shown fast-food calorie postings do little to deter diners from overeating. A better approach may be for restaurants to simply ask consumers if they’d like smaller portions, according to new research by a Freeman School professor in this month’s Health Affairs.

A new study by the Freeman School's Janet Schwartz shows that "downsizing" is more effective than calorie labeling at getting consumers to make healthy choices.

The study, by Janet Schwartz, assistant professor of marketing, found that when servers asked customers whether they’d like to...

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Burkenroad Symposium to explore ethics and social media

January 31, 2012

Now that it’s easier than ever for companies to engage their customers via social media, it’s also easier than ever to get burned in 140 characters or less.

Just ask Bank of America, Netflix, Kenneth Cole or any other famous brands who’ve gotten a very public earful online after a marketing misstep or tone-deaf tweet. The Freeman School’s Burkenroad Institute will host a free symposium this month featuring advice and insights from national social media experts on the new ethical issues companies face in authentically engaging customers via social networking.

The 19th...

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Freeman takes home third-place honors at trading competition

January 21, 2012

A team of Freeman School students traveled to New York in December and came away with third-place honors at the 2011 University Trading Challenge.

Freeman students Trevor Plath, Mario Cano, Savanna Speciale and Edward Hall, left to right, took home the third-place trophy at December’s University Trading Challenge in New York. Also pictured is Bryant Nielson, managing director of CapitalWave Inc., organizer of the competition.

The annual competition, sponsored by CapitalWave Inc., a leading provider of training solutions for the capital markets and finance community, took place...

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MBAs practice business without borders in Argentina

December 10, 2011

Tom Connor (MBA ’12) has worked on a lot of consulting projects but probably none as simultaneously inspiring and sobering as the one he recently undertook for CILSA, an Argentinean nonprofit dedicated to helping at-risk children and the disabled access educational and career opportunities.

MBA students toured Reciduca’s recycling facility during November’s MBA Global Leadership trip to Buenos Aires. From left to right, Taylor Gilbert, Lindsey Varney, Freeman School program coordinator Laney Armstrong, Brittany Williams, Megan Peck, Joshua Rupert and Danielle Lee. (Photo by Johanna...
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Researcher says CEO severance provisions impair stock performance

November 22, 2011

Nov. 21, 2011

Contact: Ben Haimowitz

New Orleans – When it was reported recently that Eugene Isenberg was stepping down as CEO of Nabors Industries Ltd. with a $100-million severance-style cash payout, the expressions of outrage the award provoked recalled the response to such notorious severances as the $210 million bestowed on Robert Nardelli by Home Depot or the $140 million paid to Michael Ovitz by Disney.

As in those two earlier deals, the Nabors...

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Beta Gamma Sigma inducts 46 members

November 18, 2011
Beta Gamma Sigma inductees Margaret Burdeno (BSM/MACCT ’12), Rachel Schneider (BSM/MACCT ’12), Jacqueline Lee (BSM/MACCT ’12) and  Sally Horton (BSM/MACCT ’12).

The Tulane chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society recognizing business excellence, welcomed its newest members at a ceremony on Nov. 17, 2011.

Beta Gamma Sigma is recognized by the educational and corporate communities as the highest recognition a business student can receive in a program accredited by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Since its founding...

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EMBA program moves up in latest FT ranking

October 24, 2011

The Freeman School executive MBA program moved up a spot in the latest Financial Times ranking of the world’s top executive MBA programs.

In the latest Financial Times ranking of executive MBA programs, the Freeman School’s EMBA program is ranked 74th in the world and 25th among U.S. programs.

The Freeman School’s executive MBA program is now ranked 74th in the world and 25th among U.S. programs. The ranking was published Oct. 24 in Financial Times and on

Financial Times ranks executive MBA programs on measures of alumni success, school...

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Love DIY projects? It’s the Ikea effect

October 13, 2011

So it turns out there’s a reason why you could never throw out that wobbly old bookcase you put together in college. Call it the Ikea effect.

Assistant Professor of Marketing Daniel Mochon says consumers tend to value self-made products more than similar professionally assembled products. Photo by Sabree Hill.

In a forthcoming article in the Journal of Consumer Psychology, Tulane researcher Daniel Mochon argues that consumers tend to value products they build themselves—such as furniture from Ikea—more than similar professionally built products.

“Usually when...

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Innovative approach to health care wins top prize at PitchNOLA

October 07, 2011

The ideas presented spanned everything from urban farms to educational wetlands trips to an online crowdsourcing program to support underprivileged students, but in the end, it was an innovative approach to health care that captured the top prize at PitchNOLA 2011.

Sarah Mason, left, and Arwen Podesta, right, won first place at this year’s PitchNOLA competition with their pitch for an integrative medical practice. Also pictures are Andrea Chen, second from left, executive director of SENO, and Stephanie Barksdale, manager of Tulane’s Social Entrepreneurship Initiatives. (Photos by...
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Trapani and Bakamitsos tapped to lead Exec Ed

October 07, 2011

John M. Trapani III has been appointed as the new head of executive education at Tulane University’s A. B. Freeman School of Business.

John M. Trapani III, professor of economics and Streiffer Chair in International Finance, will serve as the Freeman School’s new associate dean for executive education.

Trapani, professor of economics, Streiffer Chair in International Finance and executive director of the Goldring Institute of International Business, will oversee executive programs as associate dean for executive education.

He succeeds Russ Robins, who had served as...