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Princeton Review highlights Freeman for ROI

February 01, 2017
On yesterday morning's “Today” show, Princeton Review Editor-in-Chief Robert Franek highlighted Tulane University’s A. B. Freeman School of Business as one of five colleges that offer an outstanding return on investment for marketing majors.
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AACSB Blog: Experiential Learning in Business School Finance Programs

August 15, 2016

Elliot Davis, coordinator of research with AACSB International, highlighted the Freeman School's Burkenroad Reports program in a recent blog posting about experiential learning in finance programs. Davis praised the program, which is directed by Professor of Practice Peter Ricchiuti, as an innovative example of business schools using experiential methods to deliver content in entirely new formats.

The student analysts work with a committed group of professors to produce a three-statement financial model, which includes an equity valuation and a supporting analyst research report....
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The Advocate: Upper Canal Street showing signs of revival

June 13, 2016
Sherif Ebrahim, director of entrepreneurship and innovation education at the Freeman School, said recent residential development along Upper Canal Street has led to the need for additional amenities like restaurants and shopping.

The New Orleans Advocate interviewed Sherif Ebrahim, lecturer in management and director of entrepreneurship and innovation education at the A. B. Freeman School of Business, for a story on the revival of Upper Canal Street, which has been the beneficiary of nearly $650 million in investments over the last several years.

New ground-floor retail may find...
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Harvard Business Review: Generalists get better job offers than specialists

May 17, 2016

Jennifer Merluzzi, assistant professor of management at Tulane University's A. B. Freeman School of Business, is interviewed in the June 2016 issue of Harvard Business Review about her research on specialization among MBA students seeking jobs in investment banking. Merluzzi and co-author Damon Phillips found that specialists were less likely to receive multiple job offers than candidates with broader backgrounds and experiences. Specialists also received smaller signing bonuses.

Among MBAs, there’s now a strong emphasis on building a consistent profile as a finance person or a...
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WWL-AM: Hedge Fund Managers Salary

May 13, 2016

On Thursday (May 12), the Freeman School's David Lesmond, associate professor of finance, spoke with Garland Robinette, host of WWL-AM's Think Tank, about hedge fund manager salaries.

There are 11,000 hedge funds and I would venture to say, and my research has shown, that less than 100 of those actually beat the market on a consistent basis, so that means there are 10,900 hedge funds that can't beat the market and yet they earn a huge sum of money in terms of a salary. I will fully justify the salaries earned by the hedge fund managers that do well, but I do condemn those hedge fund...

New York Times: Tech’s ‘Frightful 5’ Will Dominate Digital Life

January 20, 2016

From The New York Times, Jan. 20, 2015:

The New York Times' Farhad Manjoo interviewed Geoff Parker, professor of management science, about the continuing dominance of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft.

“The Big Five came along at a perfect time to roll up the user base,” said Geoffrey G. Parker, a business professor at Tulane University and the co-author of “Platform Revolution,” a forthcoming book that explains some of the reasons these businesses may continue their dominance. “These five rode that perfect wave of technological change — an incredible decrease in...
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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...