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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...

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Economic development officials say collaboration is key to success

October 06, 2011

This year’s Tulane Business Forum focused on growth through innovation and collaboration, and according to a panel of New Orleans economic development officials, the city’s remarkable rise in a host of national business rankings—everything from best city for attracting people under 25 with college degrees to top metro area for IT job growth—is perfect example of that theme.

Tulane Business Forum presenter Leslie Jacobs, left, said recent success in economic development is a result of increased collaboration at the state, regional and local levels.

“These impressive national...

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Princeton Review ranks Freeman 14th nationally for entrepreneurship

September 20, 2011

For the sixth consecutive year, Tulane University’s A. B. Freeman School of Business has been recognized as one of the top 25 schools in the country for graduate entrepreneurship education.

The Princeton Review ranks the Freeman School 14th on its new list of the nation’s top graduate programs for entrepreneurs. The ranking appears in the October 2011 issue of Entrepreneur magazine, which hit newsstands on Sept. 20, and can be viewed online at and

The Tulane Business Plan Competition is the only...
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Treasury official to discuss lessons of the financial crisis

August 31, 2011

Timothy G. Massad, assistant secretary for financial stability with the Department of the Treasury, will discuss lessons of the 2008 financial crisis as this year’s first Freeman Distinguished Speaker in Finance.

Timothy G. Massad

Massad’s presentation, “Dodging Disaster: What We Learned from the 2008 Financial Crisis,” will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the Loraine and Winslow Chadwick Auditorium (Room 131) of Goldring/Woldenberg Hall I. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Massad was confirmed June 30, 2011, by the United States Senate to serve...

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Freeman School promotes two, appoints four to faculty for 2011-12

August 30, 2011

Dean Ira Solomon is pleased to announce the following promotions and appointments to the faculty at the A. B. Freeman School of Business for the 2011-12 academic year.

Sheri Tice, professor of finance, has been named the A. B. Freeman Chair of Business. Tice joined the faculty of the Freeman School in 1998 as an assistant professor of finance and was promoted to associate professor in 2004 and professor in 2010. Prior to her appointment as the A. B. Freeman Chair, she had served as the Norman Mayer Professor of Business since 2005. Tice received her PhD in business administration...

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Five alums among DiversityMBA's Top 100 Under 50

August 07, 2011

Five Freeman School alumni are among the honorees in the 2011 DiversityMBA Magazine Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive & Emerging Leaders.

Compiled by DiversityMBA Magazine, the list recognizes exceptional minority and multicultural executives—including African Americans, Asians, Hispanics, foreign nationals and women—who have achieved success in highly competitive corporate, government or entrepreneurial environments.

Diversity MBA Magazine is an internationally distributed publication targeting women and multicultural professionals in corporate...