Archive for September, 2013

Research Notes: Geoff Parker and Burcu Tan

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Geoff Parker


Burcu Tan

Geoff Parker and Burcu Tan’s paper “Platform Performance Investment in the Presence of Network Externalities,” co-authored with Edward G. Anderson Jr., associate professor of information, risk and operations management at the University of Texas at Austin, has been accepted for publication in Information Systems Research. In the paper, the authors build a strategic model to investigate the trade-off between investing in high platform performance versus reducing investment in order to facilitate third party content development and characterize the conditions under which offering a platform with lower performance but greater availability of content can be a winning strategy. Parker is the Norman Mayer Professor of Business and professor of management science at Tulane University’s A. B. Freeman School of Business. Tan is an assistant professor of management science at the Freeman School.

Freeman welcomes five to faculty for 2013-14

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Dean Ira Solomon is pleased to announce that the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University has added five new full-time professors to its faculty for the 2013-14 academic year.

C. Lynn Hannan

R. Lynn Hannan

R. Lynn Hannan, professor of accounting, comes to the Freeman School from Georgia State University, where she served as professor and director of the accounting PhD program. Hannan’s research focuses on how organizations can improve outcomes via the design of their accounting information and incentive systems. She has published numerous articles in prestigious scholarly journals including The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Review of Accounting Studies, Accounting, Organizations and Society and the Journal of Labor Economics, and has earned a number of awards for her research, including the Notable Contribution to Accounting Literature Award and the McLaughlin Prize for Research in Accounting Ethics. She serves on the editorial boards of several premier accounting journals and is a director for the Institute of Management Accountants’ Research Foundation. Hannan, a CPA, received her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000.

Jung Hoon Lee

Jung Hoon Lee

Jung Hoon Lee joins the Freeman School’s tenure-track faculty as an assistant professor of finance after having served as a visiting assistant professor of finance in 2012-13. Lee’s research focuses on mutual funds, hedge funds and empirical corporate finance, and his paper “Conflicting Family Values in Mutual Fund Families,” co-authored with Utpal Bhattacharya and Veronika Pool, was published in the Journal of Finance in 2013. Prior to joining the Freeman School, Lee served as a visiting assistant professor of finance at Indiana University. He received his PhD in finance from Indiana University in 2011.


Emily Rosenzweig

Assistant Professor of Marketing Emily Rosenzweig received her PhD in social psychology from Cornell University in 2013. Her research focuses on judgment and decision making surrounding consumer purchases, and her dissertation work on the predictors of purchase regret has been published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Prior to returning to graduate school, Rosenzweig worked in education research and program evaluation, including running her own consulting business. She received a BA in public policy from Princeton University in 1999.

Stephen Rowe

Stephen Rowe

Stephen Rowe, assistant professor of accounting, comes to the Freeman School from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was an Accounting Doctoral Scholar and where he completed his PhD in Accountancy in 2013. His current research focuses on how individual behavior and financial reporting influence auditor and investor judgment under uncertainty. Prior to beginning his academic career, Rowe spent nine years working in industry, and he continues to maintain an active CPA license in Washington. Most recently, he worked at KPMG managing audits of banking and financial services companies. Prior to that, he worked in commercial banking and at a smaller accounting firm.


John Clarke

John Clarke joins the Freeman School as associate dean of graduate programs, MBA program director and professor of practice in management. Clarke comes to Tulane from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he served as assistant dean and clinical professor. In that role, he led initiatives in entrepreneurship, consulting and international immersion. Clarke’s teaching focuses on international business, entrepreneurship, product development and sustainability, and he has led more than 600 students on short-term immersion trips to Asia, Africa, Europe and South America. Prior to beginning his academic career, Clarke worked as a management consultant in Asia, Europe and North America. He has a PhD in physics from the University of Leeds.

In addition to the tenured/tenure track and professor of practice appointments, Dean Solomon announced two one-year administrative appointments. Mauricio Gonzalez has been named interim assistant dean for executive education, and Ralph Maurer has been reappointed as interim executive director of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship. Gonzalez spent six years at the Freeman School as a clinical professor of marketing and director of the Goldring Institute before leaving in 2012 to become dean of EGADE Business School in Monterrey, Mexico. In his new role, Gonzalez will be based at the Freeman School’s facility in Houston. Maurer, a professor of practice in management, joined Tulane in 2009 as a visiting assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship. He is currently director of the Tulane Family Business Center and has served as interim executive director of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute since 2012.

Dean Solomon also named seven professors to one-year visiting appointments: C. Edward Fee, visiting professor of finance; Candace Jens, Zeigham Khocker, Roberto Stein and Yihua Zhao, visiting assistant professors of finance; Rebecca Franklin, visiting assistant professor of management; and Osman Kazan, visiting assistant professor of management science.

“Growing the faculty has been one of our top strategic priorities, so I’m delighted to announce these latest additions,” said Dean Solomon. “These outstanding individuals bring great scholarship, skilled teaching and strong enthusiasm to the Freeman School. We are all very excited to welcome them to Tulane University and the Freeman School family.”

Alum brings “social dining experiment” to Freeman

Monday, September 16th, 2013

As Al Green croons in the background, a chef assembles small plates of sous vide pork belly with shiso and corn espuma at a work station in the front of the room as Paco Robert, the evening’s host, places them in front of diners gathered at two long, candlelit tables.

Paco Robert, who founded Dinner Lab to create one-of-kind experiences for adventurous eaters, brings his startup company to the business school for a live case study on the fast-growing social dining venture. (Photo by Ryan Rivet)

Paco Robert (MBA ’11), center, brought his fast-growing social dining venture Dinner Lab to the Freeman School for a live case study on the business. (Photo by Ryan Rivet)

The scene may sound like something out of a trendy restaurant, but the dining room in question is actually an MBA classroom at the A. B. Freeman School of Business.

Robert (MBA ’11) brought his innovative startup Dinner Lab to the business school earlier this month for a live case study on the fast-growing social dining venture.

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Robert founded Dinner Lab a year ago to create one-of-kind experiences for adventurous eaters. For a $100-per-person annual fee, members are invited to special communal dining events presided over by both up-and-coming and renowned chefs and hosted in extraordinary locations. One dinner took place overlooking the city on the 21st floor of Canal Place, which was under construction at the time. Another was held in an abandoned church off Magazine Street.

The case study was part of New Product Development in the Hospitality Industry, a new MBA elective that focuses on innovation in the hospitality sector.

“The course was created to focus students on the consumer experience in hospitality-related ventures,” says Ralph Maurer, professor of practice and instructor in the course. “From that perspective, it was great to be able to bring in Paco to talk with students about the business and what he’s done to create this very successful, very innovative product.”

Since its start in New Orleans last year, Dinner Lab has branched out into Austin, Nashville and New York, and all but Nashville — which just launched — have a waiting list to join. Despite the rapid growth, however, Robert says the focus of the concept remains the same as when he started.

“It’s all about the food, the people and the experience,” Robert says.


Freeman kicks off yearlong centennial celebration

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

The first Bachelor of Business Administration class of Tulane University’s College of Commerce.

The year 2014 will mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. In recognition of this historic milestone, the Freeman School is rolling out a host of special events and activities during the 2013-2014 academic year to celebrate the history of business education at Tulane. The yearlong celebration begins this Friday (Sept. 13) with a Centennial Kickoff for students on the LBC Quad.

“I’m proud to announce the start of what promises to be a very exciting centennial year,” said Ira Solomon, dean of the Freeman School. “Tulane University has a long history of business education, scholarship and community impact. In the coming months, we hope to highlight some of the people, events and achievements that have helped to make the Freeman School what it is today.”

Print“For 100 years, the Freeman School of Business has combined an international focus with deep roots in the New Orleans community,” added Tulane Provost Michael Bernstein. “As we celebrate its centennial, it’s exciting to see that the business school’s global perspective and local commitment remain as strong as ever.”

Friday’s festivities will start at 3 p.m. with music from the Hot 8 Brass Band and a student centennial photo on the Monroe Quad. The fun then shifts to the LBC Quad at 4 p.m. for a kickoff celebration featuring live music, games and food from local restaurants.

Earlier this year, the Freeman School’s Centennial Committee hosted a contest in which students, faculty, staff and alumni were invited to submit suggested taglines for the centennial. Larry Merington, an adjunct lecturer at the Freeman School, submitted the winning entry, “Celebrating a brilliant century, building an even brighter future.”

“The centennial represents a great opportunity for us to look back at our past, but it’s also an occasion to celebrate our present and look forward to our future,” said Peggy Babin, associate dean for external relations and chair of the committee. “We thought Larry’s tagline perfectly captured the message we’d like to share with all our stakeholders.”

In conjunction with the celebration, the Freeman School has created a centennial website featuring a school timeline, archival photos, profiles of faculty and alumni, school trivia and more. Alumni can submit photos and stories and add their memories to the site and even suggest items for a Freeman School time capsule. The website,, also features information on upcoming events, including the Alumni Centennial Celebration, which will take place on May 2, 2014, at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters in City Park.

For more information about the Freeman School’s centennial, visit For information about Friday’s Centennial Kickoff and other upcoming events, contact Rhonda Brown at 504-864-8470 or


Bankrate: Survey: Many Still Ask, ‘What is Obamacare?’

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013


From Bankrate, Sept. 11, 2013

Bankrate’s Jay MacDonald spoke to Assistant Professor of Marketing Janet Schwartz, an expert on the consumer experience of health care, for her reaction to a new survey on Obamacare.

Schwartz believes some of the bewilderment with the health care law stems from America’s employer-based health care system, which allows most people to avoid understanding the basics of health insurance.

“Purchasing health care turns out to be one of our biggest expenses, and yet it is very intangible,” Schwartz says. “If you purchase homeowners or car or life insurance, you know exactly what you’re getting, but with health insurance, it’s not clear. For most people, their employer plan has provided this huge buffer.”

To read the article in its entirety, visit


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