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Business Forum looks at corporate consciousness

October 12, 2009

Whole Foods Market co-founder and CEO John Mackey drew the wrath of many longtime customers in August with a Wall Street Journal opinion piece that proposed free-market alternatives to healthcare reform, but the article was vintage Mackey, combining the iconoclastic executive's strong beliefs in the power of capitalism and the importance of social responsibility in business.

Whole Foods Market CEO and co-founder John Mackey will deliver the luncheon keynote presentation at this year's Tulane Business Forum.

On Friday, Oct. 16, Mackey will be in New Orleans to deliver...

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Freeman ranked No. 4 in nation for entrepreneurship

September 22, 2009

The Freeman School of Business is one of the top five graduate schools in the nation for entrepreneurship, according to a new survey by Entrepreneur magazine and the Princeton Review. The Freeman School is ranked No. 4 on the list of Top Graduate Programs for Entrepreneurs. The ranking appears in the October issue of Entrepreneur and is available online at www.entrepreneur.com/topcolleges.

"We are grateful for this ranking that recognizes the quality and uniqueness of our entrepreneurship programs," said John Elstrott, executive director of the Freeman School's...

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Howard Marks to deliver R.W. Freeman Lecture

August 29, 2009

Howard Marks, chairman of Oaktree Capital Management and a highly regarded observer of economic trends and investment opportunities, will deliver this year's R. W. Freeman Distinguished Lecture. The lecture will take place at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29, in Goldring/Woldenberg Hall, and is free and open to the public.

In March 2008, the Wall Street Journal's Peter Lattman wrote, "Everyone knows about the anticipation leading up to Warren Buffett's annual shareholder letters. But for a certain Wall Street set, there are equally high expectations for the writings of...

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Ricchiuti in T-P on McMoRan Blackbeard prospect

June 18, 2009

Peter Ricchiuti is quoted again in today's Times-Picayune on McMoRan Exploration Co.'s groundbreaking Blackbeard drilling project. The mega-deep well, located just off the mouth of the Mississippi River, could end up producing the equivalent of 4 billion barrels of oil. Ricchiuti says the closely watched project has the potential to be a game changer for the industry.

Ricchiuti is research director of Burkenroad Reports, the Freeman School's acclaimed equities analysis program.

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MBA program ranked 30th internationally

June 01, 2009

In its latest ranking of global MBA programs, Latin American business magazine AméricaEconomía has ranked the Freeman School 30th internationally and 20th among U.S. business schools. The ranking appeared in the magazine's June 2009 issue.

In addition to the global MBA ranking, the Freeman School also appears prominently on the magazine's ranking of the top MBA programs in Latin America. The Freeman School is listed as a dual-degree program partner with four of the top 10 schools in Latin America, including Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, ITAM in Mexico City, IESA in...

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Saying goodbye to the Katrina Class

May 20, 2009

The 2009 commencement ceremonies marked an historic end and a bright beginning for 769 newly minted alumni of the A. B. Freeman School of Business.

At the undergraduate level, this year's commencement was notable for the graduation of the so-called Katrina Class, the students who made the decision to return to New Orleans and Tulane after Hurricane Katrina forced the cancellation of what would have been their first semester in college. More than 250 undergraduate business majors were among the graduating students treated to an extraordinary unified ceremony at the Louisiana...

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Analyst recommendations have little effect, researcher says

May 18, 2009

In a new paper to be published in Journal of Accounting and Economics, Robert S. Hansen, Francis Martin Chair in Business and professor of finance and economics,  suggests that analysts' recommendations have little effect on stock prices. The study, co-authored with Oya Altinkiliç of the University of Pittsburgh, found that when an analyst changes a recommendation on a stock, the share price moves on average  just 0.03 percent, far less than...

Students try to beat the S&P 500

May 15, 2009

Associated Press business writer Alan Sayre sat in on the final class of the semester for the Darwin S. Fenner Student Managed Fund and wrote this article about the course, in which students manage a $1 million endowment fund with the goal of outperforming the S&P 500. Since Associate Professor of Finance Sheri Tice took over the program in 2002, students have consistently managed to achieve that goal.

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New alumni group hopes to improve ranking

May 15, 2009

A new alumni group hopes to improve the Freeman School's national ranking by reaching out to recent graduates.

The Freeman 50 is the brainchild of Edward Crawford (MBA '08, MGM '09), who says he was inspired to start the group after seeing the success that other schools had had with initiatives such as class agent programs.

"We have alumni who love Freeman and want to come back to New Orleans all the time, but they're not connected to the school," says Crawford. "I started talking to some recent alumni and people at the school about how to fix that, and the idea just grew...

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Ricchiuti featured on "Good Morning America"

May 07, 2009

Assistant Dean Peter Ricchiuti was interviewed by ABC News for a  Good Morning America segment on May 7 that examined the Gulf Coast's surprisingly strong economy. Ricchiuti is research director of Burkenroad Reports, which follows 38 small- and mid-cap companies across the Southeast.

Click here to watch Ricchiuti's segment.

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U.S. News ranks Freeman among the best

April 23, 2009

In the latest edition of its America's Best Graduate Schools guidebook, U.S. News & World Report has ranked the Freeman School 48th on the list of the best business schools in America. Highlights of the ranking survey appear in the May 2009 issue of U.S. News & World Report.

"U.S. News is a major benchmark of MBA programs in the United States," says Bill Sandefer, director of graduate admissions. "With more than 400 programs vying for a place on the list, Tulane should be proud of the recognition. For the Freeman School, the variety and...

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Top-tier schools compete in Finance Case Competition

April 22, 2009

A team of students from Rice University took first place and the grand prize of $5,000 at this year's Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence Finance Case Competition. The competition took place at the Freeman School on April 17.

A team representing Vanderbilt took second place and a prize of $3,000, and a team from Emory took third place and a prize of $2,000.

Other schools participating in this year's competition were University of North Carolina, University of South Carolina, Georgia Tech and Tulane.

The case chosen for this year's competition focused on a geological...