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The Advocate: Energy service companies see struggles ahead

December 20, 2015

From The Advocate, Dec. 19, 2015:

The Advocate interviewed Eric Smith, associate director of the Tulane Energy Institute, for a story on the outlook for Louisiana energy service companies in 2016.

Smith said the Louisiana energy sector’s most vulnerable companies — both producers and the service companies that work for them — are those operating in the shallow waters Gulf of Mexico, called “the shelf.”

Those companies include Hercules Offshore, which drills for oil and gas in shallow waters, and CalDive International, which has pipeline construction vessels designed for...

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October 19, 2015

From, Oct. 19, 2015:

WWL-AM interviewed Angelo DeNisi, professor of organizational behavior and Albert Cohen Chair in Business, about the "firm 40," a policy being adopted by some companies across the country that calls for a strict 40-hour workweek. Employees are asked to focus on work exclusively during business hours but then to disengage in the evening and on weekends.

"You are fighting against the fact that everybody else is trending toward flexibility, and you are in fact saying, 'no, put in the 40 hours when we tell you to put in the 40 hours, you work when we...
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Oil & Gas Financial Journal: A Texas-based Oil Cartel?

October 16, 2015

From Oil & Gas Financial Journal, Oct. 14, 2015:

Eric Smith, professor of practice and associate director of the Tulane Energy Institute, contributed a opinion piece to the October 2015 issue of Oil & Gas Journal.

"I believe that this geopolitical change is not a triumph of free market economics over a cartel or even a latter day manifestation of the efficacy of Adam Smith's "invisible hand." Rather, I believe we will see the emergence of active, direct, regulatory action to ration domestic production. The primary driver will be the need to meet the same response...
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Houston Energy Insider: Insiders of the Month

October 09, 2015

Iris Mack, adjunct lecturer in management science and faculty member of the Tulane Energy Institute, was selected as an "Insider of the Month" by Houston Energy Insider, a website dedicated to the national and global energy markets. Based on nominations by readers of the site, the honor highlights notable energy professionals. Mack, who previously taught at MIT and worked at NASA, Boeing and AT&T Bell Laboratories, teaches Energy Fundamentals & Trading at the Freeman School.

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CNBC: Better Bet? MBA vs. CFA

June 05, 2015

From CNBC, June 3, 2015:

John Clarke, professor of practice and associate dean for graduate programs at the Freeman School, and Kurt Schacht, managing director of the Standards and Financial Market Integrity division of CFA Institute, appeared on CNBC’s Power Lunch  to discuss the benefits of an MBA versus CFA designation. Will Blue Bell bounce back from recall?

May 21, 2015

From, May 21, 2015:

Loyal customers may return, but the recall is “incredibly damaging,” especially in areas where Blue Bell is still an unfamiliar name, said Janet Schwartz, an assistant professor of marketing at Tulane University’s A. B. Freeman School of Business.

Schwartz added it would take time for Blue Bell to win back the trust of ice cream sellers, especially after reports the company knew about listeria at an Oklahoma plant as far back as 2013.

Grocery stores, ice cream parlors and other distributors will need to see changes in how Blue Bell approaches...

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BizED Magazine: A Framework for Innovation

May 11, 2015

From BizEd Magazine, May/June 2015:

In laying out a framework to help business schools develop innovative programs, author J.D. Schramm highlights the Freeman School’s Burkenroad Reports program.

What did the Freeman School have to be, know, and do to sustain curricular innovation at this level? The Burkenroad Reports program is institutionally distinctive (it focuses on Gulf Coast firms), demand-driven (it serves the firms and the students), and collaborative (a team works under the direction of a visionary founder). It is pedagogically sound (it provides bootcamp research...

Forbes: Political Risk, Price Freezes To Hammer UK Energy

April 29, 2015

From, April 28, 2015:

Dr. Iris Mack, a lecturer, market consultant and author of the book Energy Trading and Risk Management, opines that should natural gas be considered as a primary energy source, its pricing is affected by quantifiable exogenous variables including but not limited to weather, storage, transmission and seasonality.

“Electric energy is a secondary energy source. It has to be generated from the conversion of other primary energy products – such as, oil, natural gas, coal, wind, nuclear, solar, hydro, etc. Hence, the price of electric power is...

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February 19, 2015

An article on highlights new research by the Freeman School’s Kris Hoang on auditor reactions to persuasive tactics. For the study, Hoang and co-author Sanaz Aghazadeh looked at how 85 auditors from large international accounting firms react to persuasive language  from clients and pressure to accommodate their wishes.

The professors conclude that client-services pressure – the kind that may occur when a senior audit partner tells auditors that the client will be completing a satisfaction survey at the end of the audit – changes how the auditor interprets a client’s...
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Oldham named one of most influential I/O psychologists

February 12, 2015

In a new ranking by Human Resources MBA, the Freeman School’s Greg Oldham is named as one of the nation’s most influential living I/O psychologists.

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Oldham, J. F. Jr. and Jesse Lee Seinsheimer Chair of Business and professor of management, is ranked 14th on the website’s list of The 30 Most Influential Industrial and Organizational Psychologists Alive Today. Human Resources MBA bases the ranking on a combination of publications, impact on industrial and organizational practices, influence on future research directions, and awards and recognition.

Oldham was...

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NOLA.Com: Mardi Gras contributed $465 million to economy

February 11, 2015

From, Feb. 9, 2014:

A new study on the economic value of the 2014 Mardi Gras season showed a total contribution to the New Orleans economy of $465 million, with a total of $17.5 million in tax revenues going to local government entities. The study, conducted by Tulane economics professor Toni Weiss with help from the Freeman Consulting Group, determined that the direct expenditures during the 2014 Mardi Gras season -- accounting for things like hotels, food and alcohol, and krewe memberships -- came to $164 million.

To read the article in its entirety, visit

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The Advocate: Entrepreneur puts muscle behind startups

February 09, 2015

From The Advocate, Feb. 8, 2015:

Business writer Kathy Finn profiled John Elstrott, chairman of Whole Foods Market and former executive director of the Freeman School’s Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship, in Sunday's Advocate newspaper.

He has guided scores of young business students toward careers in business innovation, sometimes becoming an investor and board member in their startups.

That’s how Elstrott came to be involved in Dinner Lab, a member-based catering and events business that has quickly spread into 24 cities, where teams of highly trained chefs...