October 10th, 2013
Executive Director of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship
A. B. Freeman School of Business
The A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University in New Orleans invites applications and nominations for the position of Executive Director of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship (LRI).
Leveraging Tulane’s location in the city of New Orleans — with its rapidly growing economy, technology, life science, and entertainment sectors, and its emerging prominence as a center for entrepreneurship — the LRI plays a central role in the Freeman School’s effort to sharpen its focus on entrepreneurship education, scholarship, and outreach. The LRI serves as the link between the School’s faculty and students on the one hand, and its alumni, local entrepreneurs, and employer organizations interested in innovation and entrepreneurship on the other. The LRI also serves as a laboratory to explore new programs and scholarship in a variety of areas and disciplines. Learn more by reading the School’s recently adopted strategic plan (http://www.freeman.tulane.edu/pdf/strategicplan.pdf).
The Executive Director of the LRI should have a Ph.D. in a business or related discipline, substantial experience managing entrepreneurial programs or as an entrepreneur, and the ability to work closely with Freeman School faculty to develop and deliver state-of-the-art experiential coursework relating to innovation and entrepreneurship. We prefer candidates who have a record of scholarship in entrepreneurship and innovation, but will consider all candidates with strong credentials. The Executive Director is responsible for managing the LRI and its programs and reports to the Dean of the Freeman School.
This appointment is a faculty appointment.
Nominations and applications will be held in strict confidence. Review of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until the appointment is made. Applicants should send a letter, indicating their interest, and a curriculum vitae. All materials should be submitted electronically to:
Professor Paul A. Spindt (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Keehn Berry Professor of Banking and Finance
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty
A. B. Freeman School of Business
Tulane University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
October 10th, 2013
From MarketWatch, Oct. 10, 2013
In the wake of Twitter’s recent IPO filing, Professor of Management Science Geoffrey Parker co-authored a commentary for MarketWatch on the growing impact of platform firms, companies with networked ecosystems that connect multiple players and provide tools for those participants to contribute and interact.
Ultimately, this transformation redefines competition. Firms that once sought advantage based on the strength of their internal resources and channel access now face competitors that harness armies of connected users and ecosystems of resources. Apple’s App Store, hosting nearly a million applications, offers a compelling testimony to the power of ecosystems.
To read the article in its entirety, visit MarketWatch:
October 1st, 2013
More than 300 Freeman students traveled to the Big Apple in September for Freeman Days New York, the Career Management Center’s annual networking and recruiting trip for students seeking jobs in New York City. This year’s event was the largest in history, with a record 92 companies hosting site visits and information sessions and taking part in networking opportunities.
More than 300 students attended this year’s Freeman Days New York recruiting and networking event.
The program kicked off on Sept. 19 at the Marriott Marquis Time Square with a series of career skills presentations as well as information sessions from ThomsonReuters, S&P Capital IQ/McGraw Hill Financial, Citigroup and Heart Publications. Capping off the day was the Freeman Days New York Alumni Networking Reception, an annual event that enables current students to mix, mingle and network with New York alumni.
The next morning students visited Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, JP Morgan, Grey Advertising, Gilt Group, Morgan Stanley and other firms, but the day’s biggest event took place on the floor of the Marriott’s Grand Ballroom, where more than 80 companies met with students and collected resumes as part of two large Focused Networking sessions.
According to Peggy Babin, associate dean for external relations, the Career Management Center introduced the Focused Networking sessions this year to give more students access to more potential employers. In previous years, much of the networking activity during Freeman Days New York took place at company-sponsored site visits, which can accommodate only a limited number of students due to space constraints. This year, the Focused Networking format enabled hundreds students to get valuable face time with dozens of companies seeking recruits in one location.
More than 90 employers participated in this year’s Freeman Days New York career event.
“The response we got from both students and employers was just overwhelming,” says Babin. “Both students and companies said they really liked the opportunity to make so many connections in one location. We may tweak the format slightly, but we definitely plan to bring back Focused Networking for next year’s Freeman Days New York.”
Among the companies that took part in this year’s Freeman Days New York events were Accenture, American Express, Atlantic Records, Barclays, BlackRock, Buzzfeed, Coach, Cushman & Wakefield, JCrew, Ralph Lauren, Lazard Asset Management, Macy’s, Moody’s Investor’s Service, Morgan Stanley, National Basketball Association, PricewaterhouseCoopers, UBS, Viacom, the Wall Street Journal and Time Warner Cable Media.
To see more photos from Freeman Days New York, visit the Freeman School’s Flickr page.
September 30th, 2013
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.
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.
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 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.
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, 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 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.”
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 (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.
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.”
“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, freemancentennial.tulane.edu, 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 http://freemancentennial.tulane.edu. For information about Friday’s Centennial Kickoff and other upcoming events, contact Rhonda Brown at 504-864-8470 or email@example.com.
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 Bankrate.com.
August 29th, 2013
The Tulane Association of Business Alumni (TABA) has elected eight members to serve on its board of directors. The new board members’ three-year terms began in January 2013.
Aimee Adatto Freeman
Katie LaCorte Teen
The new board members are Brian Banks (BSM ’04, MACCT ’05), supervisor at Bourgeois Bennett; Shannon Brice (MBA ’04), chief financial officer of Richard’s Disposal; Aimee Adatto Freeman (MBA ’95), owner and president of Adatto Freeman Strategic Consulting; Dominik Knoll (MBA ’10), CEO of the World Trade Center of New Orleans; Frank Russo (MBA ’92), senior manager for Governance, Regulatory & Risk Strategy at Deloitte & Touche; Katie LaCorte Teen (MBA ’11, MGM ’11), partner and account management director at the Marketing Hub; Lindsey Varney (MBA ’12), regional social media coordinator for Harrah’s New Orleans; and Chris Williams (MBA ’11), project analyst with Barriere Construction.
The Tulane Association of Business Alumni (TABA) was established in 1938 to encourage the active involvement of alumni in supporting the Freeman School’s goal to be one of the leading business schools in the nation and the premier business school in the southern United States. TABA achieves that mission by focusing its efforts in the areas of career management, development and external relations.
August 14th, 2013
Jasmijn Bol’s paper “Managers’ Discretionary Adjustments: The Influence of Uncontrollable Events and Compensation Interdependence” has been accepted for publication in Contemporary Accounting Research. The paper was co-authored with Gary Hecht of the University of Wisconsin and Steven Smith of Brigham Young University. Bol is an associate professor and the PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP Faculty Fellow in accounting at Tulane University’s A. B. Freeman School of Business.