A.B. Freeman School of Business

MailingAddress

A. B. Freeman School of Business
Goldring/Woldenberg Hall I, Suite 200
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA 70118

Telephone Numbers

Office of the Dean
Dean: Angelo S. DeNisi, Ph.D.
Phone: (504) 865-5407

The A.B. Freeman School of Business houses three academic areas (behavioral science, economic science, legal studies and business) offering undergraduate majors in accounting, consumer behavior/marketing, finance, legal studies in business, and management. In addition to its undergraduate offerings, the Freeman School offers the Master of Accounting, Master of Business Administration, Master of Finance, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The MBA strategically focuses on the global business environment and experiential learning. The school’s partnerships with schools and programs in Latin America and Asia continue to expand and build a truly global MBA program. Experiential learning emphasizes hands-on experience, provided through such programs as the Burkenroad Reports, the Darwin Fenner Investment Fund, and practice classes, which involve projects associated with the rebuilding of New Orleans.

The MBA program develops practical skills within the context of a global environment. As these initiatives develop, they are extended to the BSM program. This ensures a truly unique program that is attractive to students and employers alike. The MBA can be earned through the traditional two-year program, the part-time Professional MBA program, or the accelerated Executive MBA programs in several locations worldwide.

Mission

The mission of the A. B. Freeman School of Business is to be a leading private business school dedicated to preparing current and future business leaders to compete in global business and to advancing the practice of management through excellence in teaching, research and, service.

History

The College of Commerce and Business Administration was founded in September 1914, supported by business leaders who envisioned a school thatwould strengthen the New Orleans economy and capitalize on its international ties. Under the leadership of Dean Morton A. Aldrich, the College joined 16 leading business schools in founding The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) and thus set the standards for business education in the United States. The School has maintained continuous accreditation since 1916.

In 1984, the A. B. Freeman School of Business was named in honor of Alfred Bird Freeman, founder of the Louisiana Coca-Cola Bottling Company. Freeman, a renowned business innovator and civic leader, advocated foreign trade zones and further development of the port of New Orleans.

Today, the Freeman School continues to meet the needs of the business community—locally, nationally, and internationally—by educating the leaders of today and tomorrow through its Bachelor of Science in Management, Master of Business Administration, Master of Accounting, Master of Finance, and Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration degree programs.

Facilities

The Freeman School is housed in Goldring/Woldenberg Hall I and II, state-of-the-art complexes offering an outstanding educational environment and professional support services.

Lillian A. and Robert L. Turchin Library

The Turchin Library provides both print and electronic resources in support of the teaching, learning, and research activities of the Freeman School, as well as supplies the business and management information needs of Tulane students and faculty, in general. The library is open 78 hours per week during the normal semester and has extended hours during exam period.

Management Communication Center

The MCC offers professional writing instruction and assistance in developing business presentation skills.

Management Technology Center

The MTC is equipped with Pentium-class multimedia workstations that have school-required software, access to the Freeman network, Internet access, and access to the university’s shared systems. Use of the MTC is limited to Freeman School students, and Tulane ID cards are required to gain entry.

Classrooms

Both Goldring/Woldenberg Hall I and Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II have classrooms. Though students may occasionally have classes in both buildings, in general, Goldring/Woldenberg I (G/W I) houses undergraduate education.

Media Services

Located in Room 261 of G/W I, Media Services provides a wide range of audio/visual equipment and support for class presentations. All classrooms are equipped with a ceiling mounted projector, an Intel Pentium computer, a stereo DVD/VHS videocassette player, and a variety of the latest presentation technology. Media Services provides video recording services for both taping class presentations and simulated job interviews in its two-camera color television studio. Digital editing for class projects is also available.

Career Management Center

The Career Management Center (CMC) at Freeman provides all business school students, beginning freshman year, with the professional resources to implement effective job searches. The CMC provides the following services and activities: one-on- one career plan coaching; résumé and cover letter assistance; mock interviewing; job market exploration and navigation assistance; referrals for internships and full-time employment; presentations and networking opportunities with employers and alumni; assistance with salary negotiations and offer acceptances; and, workshops and presentations for student organizations.

Networking

Each year, the CMC hosts several networking events to unite students with alumni and companies. These events provide students with the opportunity to enhance their communication and interpersonal skills while meeting valuable contacts within the business community.

Freeman Days in New York, Houston, and New Orleans: Students are given the opportunity to network with Freeman alumni and affiliates in these three business communities during the peak recruiting season. Site visits and interviews are arranged based on employer interest.

Recruiting

The CMC has a formal recruiting program that brings high quality employers to campus to meet with and interview Freeman students. Over 100 companies per year recruit future employees from the Freeman School. In addition, the Freeman School is affiliated with national organizations that host yearly events designed to facilitate interviews among students and employers. Recruiting activities include, but are not limited to:

Freeman Days: Freeman Days are networking events where students can travel to New York, Houston, and DC and meet potential employers and alumni in that geographic region. It is a great networking opportunity and can lead to employment in the form of a job or internship.

The New York, Houston, and DC events consist of scheduled visits to various companies located in that geographic area and a Speed Networking event followed by an Alumni Networking Reception.

Mardi Gras Invitational Career Fair: The two-day event, sponsored by Tulane University and other New Orleans-area colleges and universities, provides students access to over 125 local and national employers seeking candidates in all majors and disciplines for internship and full-time employment.

Résumé Books: Full-time and internship résumé books profile the incoming and graduating classes and are distributed to local and national companies.

On-line Résumé Database: Employers receive 24-hour access to view and obtain student résumés from the CMC’s web-based résumé file.

Information Sessions: Company representatives visit campus to provide students with the opportunity to learn more about their organizations.

On-Campus Interviews: Companies conduct interviews in the CMC interview suites upon request.

Resources

The CMC also provides students with a variety of resources and services for access to the latest career-related research and reference information.

CMC Website: The official website of the Career Management Center provides direct links to reference materials and resources relating to students’ career development. Students may also access full-time listings, internship listings, on-campus recruiting schedules, a bulletin board of scheduled workshops and seminars, and detailed information regarding upcoming events and activities seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Mentors: The CMC maintains a database of over 800 Freeman alumni who have volunteered to serve as advisers to students.

Resource Library: The CMC Library includes an array of reference materials, including directories, contact information, and publications to assist students with career information and the job search. On-line resources include access to the Vault Guides, Going Global, and WetFeet.

Watts Line: Private phone lines are available to assist students with contacting out-of-state employers and alumni during business hours. A fax is also available to aid students in the job search process. Both services are available during office hours at no cost to students.

Centersof Excellence

The Freeman School has established several centers of excellence that complement its educational mission and promote specialized research and community outreach.

William B. and Evelyn Burkenroad Institute for the Study of Ethics and Leadership in Management: Created in 1990, the goal of this institute is to increase the understanding of leadership and ethics in business. The institute encourages fundamental research on individual and organizational decision-making in business.

Freeman Center for Doctoral Studies and Research: Established in 1992 through a generous endowment from the Ella West Freeman Foundation, theFreeman Center, located on the seventh floor of Goldring/Woldenberg Hall I, houses the Freeman School doctoral program in business administration. The Freeman Center, which provides funding for doctoral students and graduate faculty, was founded to facilitate faculty and student research and to serve as a conduit for the doctoral program to reach a preeminent position in management education and research. The Center features offices, equipped with computers and research facilities for doctoral students and research programs.

Goldring Institute of International Business: Established in 1991 and named for the Goldring family, longtime contributors and supporters of Tulane and the Freeman School, the Goldring Institute administers Freeman School international programs. The Goldring Institute is guided by an advisory board of distinguished business, government and academic leaders who contribute to the achievement of the Institute’s goals. The Institute’s activities are divided into three major categories: Academic Programs, Center for Latin American Business Studies, and Research Programs.

Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship: This institute, founded in 1991 through a gift from the Levy-Rosenblum Family Foundation, provides a forum where the Freeman School assists the corporate and family business community to identify and explore business issues through shared learning experiences. The Institute also trains and inspires entrepreneurs through coursework, community service projects, research assistantships, and internships. Additionally, it contributes to regional economic development through the coordination of joint academic, government, and business initiatives that stimulate private enterprise. The Levy-Rosenblum Institute seeks to fulfill its goals by organizing its efforts into four divisions: Corporate Partners for Community Service Program, Entrepreneurial Studies and Research Program, Family Business Center, and Economic Development Center.

Stewart Center for Executive Education Founded in 1982 and named in 1994 in recognition of Frank B. Stewart and his family, longtime supporters of Tulane University, the Stewart Center offers working professionals the opportunity to earn an MBA with minimal interruption to their careers.

Special Programs

The Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) Programs: Tulane’s EMBA programs provide a convenient format for experienced managers and professionals to earn their MBA degrees while maintaining their full-time careers. Students gain advanced management knowledge, which they are able to apply immediately to their work. Classes are taught in an accelerated, weekend format. The Freeman School conducts EMBA programs in the U.S. (New Orleans and Houston) and abroad (Chile, China, and Taiwan). The program is fully accredited by AACSB International and is consistently ranked among the top EMBA programs in the U.S. and Latin America by Business Week, AmericaEconomia, and other publications. Graduates earn a Tulane MBA degree.

Partnership Certificate Program: The Freeman School has been instrumental in establishing executive education programs in Latin America and in Asia in conjunction with prominent universities and corporations. Program graduates earn certificates from Tulane, often coupled with MBA or Master of Management degrees from the partnering university.

Custom-Designed Management Development Programs: Executive management training programs are custom-designed to equip mid- to upper-level managers with the skills and knowledge needed to meet challenges and changing demands in today’s businesses. Courses may be selected from a standard selection or customized to address unique client issues. Working with program faculty or administration, the client may create an effective program that suits its specific management training needs.

Corporate Master of Business Administration (MBA) Programs: The Freeman School has initiated in-house MBA programs for corporations in the United States (Entergy) and in Asia (Solectron). These programs meet all AACSB International accreditation standards and seek to incorporate materials and courses specific to the sponsoring company.

Programs of Study

Degree

The hallmark of the Bachelor of Science in Management (BSM) is its flexibility in mixing a variety of disciplines while providing the structure and guidance necessary for a successful undergraduate experience. By design, the BSM program emphasizes a generalist approach to management education. The program’s goal is to train well-rounded managers who can analyze problems and propose workable solutions.

Students admitted to the program should complete all 100- and 200-level courses prior to concentrating on their business majors, which consist primarily of 300- and 400-level courses. BSM students should consult with their academic adviser and A.B. Freeman School BSM Academic Coordinator at least once a semester, usually just before registration, to ensure that they are meeting all requirements for graduation and for their majors. Although every effort is made to ensure accurate advising, the student is responsible for knowing and satisfying all degree requirements. Additional information can be found online at http://www.freeman.tulane.edu/studentserv/bsm.htm

Majors

The A.B. Freeman School of Business offers the following majors:

Consumer Behavior/Marketing (CBMA)
Finance (FINE)
Legal Studies in Business (LGST)
Management (MGMT)

Major Programs

The Freeman School offers the following majors: accounting, consumer behavior/marketing, finance, legal studies in business, management. Minors are available in the following areas for undergraduate business students who meet the major requirements for another area: accounting, consumer behavior/marketing, finance, information systems/process management, legal studies in business, management. The business major option provides great flexibility in tailoring a program of study. Students wanting breadth across all areas of business may distribute their electives broadly within the school. The Freeman School strongly recommends that all students meet with an academic adviser and a BSM academic coordinator to determine appropriate curriculum requirements.

Double Majors

BSM students can only have one second business major or one business minor in addition to their first business major. Overlap is allowed for required business major or minor courses only. Students completing a second major or minor outside the business school must complete the school’s requirements for that major or minor.

Special Programs

With the approval of the Energy Institute Faculty Committee and the BSM Curriculum Committee, a student in the Bachelor of Science in Management program may receive an Energy Specialization by completing at least nine semester credit hours of energy-related coursework. In addition to satisfying the course requirements, each student who receives the Energy Specialization must be approved by faculty affiliated with the Entergy-Tulane Energy Institute. The Entergy-Tulane Energy Institute Faculty Committee must review and approve any waivers or deviations from these requirements.

Summer Study Abroad

The Freeman international business program enables students to live and study in another culture. During the intensive summer study abroad, students earn elective credits toward completion of their Freeman business degrees. The courses develop their international management skills by focusing on cultural understanding and global strategies that create competitive advantages in international business. All courses are taught in English by Freeman School andinternational faculty. At the host institutions abroad, students study in a campus environment. Courses are offered at two European locations each year. Courses completed during the summer study abroad are considered Freeman School courses, count as Freeman electives, and will be included in the Tulane grade-point average.

Semester Study Abroad

The Freeman School offers students who had a 3.000 GPA the previous two semesters the opportunity to study abroad while enrolled in the business school. Currently, there are multiple approved sites in Asia, Australia, Europe, and Latin America.

The business school’s semester abroad is a flexible program in which students may select the semester in which they go abroad. The curriculum can also be tailored to the students’ individual needs. Business courses, language courses, and courses pertaining to the specific country in which they are studying are all possible choices. Students approved to study abroad must submit their academic plan to their academic adviser and academic coordinator for approval the semester prior to departure. This plan ensures that the students will be making satisfactory progress toward the BSM degree, while benefiting from an international educational experience.

The semester study abroad program is a direct exchange program with our partner institutions. The coursework a student completes at the other university is considered Freeman School coursework and, therefore, is counted in the Tulane grade-point average. The business courses taken as part of the semester study abroad are counted as Freeman electives. Enrolled students pay Tulane University tuition.

Independent Study

To register for an independent study an overall GPA of 3.333 or higher is required as is senior standing. Approval of the instructor and of the area head are required.

Internships

Freeman School majors may elect to do a business internship that will appear as a one-credit, 400-level course on their transcripts; however, the credit does not apply towards the 122 minimum hours required for a BSM degree. The internship must be related to one of the majors offered through the BSM program and the purpose of the internship must be to apply (within an ongoing business organization) the intellectual capital obtained from first- through third-year Freeman School courses. The student is responsible for locating the firm and arranging an internship position.

Before registering for the internship, the student must present a proposal indicating the objectives of the internship and how the student will demonstrate that the objectives have been met. This proposal must be approved by an instructor (faculty sponsor) who teaches in the respective major. Final approval by the Freeman School Office of Undergraduate Education must occur prior to course registration. This course is normally offered only during the summer and fulfills the “curricular practical training” option for students with F-1 visa status.

Master of Accounting

Tulane’s 30 credit-hour program is designed to meet the needs of future accounting professionals. Unique features of the program are the ability to custom design a curriculum based on career aspirations as well as a busy (accounting) season internship. Freeman School students may apply for admission to the Master of Accounting program in the junior year. It is possible to earn both the BSM and MACCT degrees concurrently. (For more information or to apply, please contact: Office of Admissions, Freeman School of Business, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118; 504-865-5410.)

Master of Finance

For students interested in a future in finance, Freeman offers a 12-month, 34 credit-hour graduate program. The Master of Finance program is designed for students who want in-depth coverage of finance without the broad-based managerial curriculum typical of MBA studies. Students must have earned an undergraduate degree before they begin the Master of Finance program. (For more information or to apply, please contact: Office of Admissions, Freeman School of Business, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118; 504-865-5410.)

MBA Early Admit Program

The Freeman School offers early admission to its MBA program in conjunction with the Schools of Liberal Arts, Public Health and Tropical Medicine, or Science and Engineering. Qualified undergraduates begin study toward the MBA as seniors. Courses taken in the first year of the MBA program will serve as electives for the undergraduate degree. Thus, with careful planning, students can earn both degrees in five years rather than the customary six. years. There are no prerequisites for the early admit program. Admission is highly selective and is made primarily on the basis of undergraduate GPA and performance on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). To be considered, students must complete all undergraduate major and core requirements by the end of the junior year; therefore, students in the BSM program and Tulane’s School of Architecture are not eligible. Interested students should contact their academic advisers as early as the first- or sophomore year to ensure that their curricula are planned with this program in mind.

Doctor of Philosophy

The PhD program in business administration at the A. B. Freeman School of Business is a full-time, research-intensive program. The Doctor of Philosophy program is designed for students who want in-depth coverage in preparation for teaching at the college level. It is a four-year, 48 credit-hour program. Students must have earned an undergraduate degree prior to beginning the PhD program. (For more information or to apply, please contact: Office of PhD Admissions, Freeman School of Business, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118; 504-865-5495.)

Honorsand Awards

Honor Societies

Beta Alpha Psi: This honorary national accounting fraternity seeks to promote continuous self-improvement, to foster high moral and ethical standards, to encourage and recognize scholastic and professional excellence, to cultivate a sense of responsibility and service, to promote the collegiate study of accounting, and to provide an opportunity for association between its members and practicing accountants. Membership, by invitation only, is based on scholarship and professional attributes.

Beta Gamma Sigma: The purpose of this honorary business scholastic fraternity is to reward scholarship and accomplishment in all phases of business, to promote the advancement of education in the science of business, and to foster principles of honesty and integrity in business practices. High scholarship and promise of marked ability are the prime requisites for selection of graduating seniors for membership. New members join by invitation at the annual meeting that is held in conjunction with graduation activities.

Academic Honors

Please consult the Newcomb-Tulane College policy.

Awards Bestowed at Commencement

Please consult the Newcomb-Tulane College section and the BSM handbook.

Programs Offered

Bachelor of Science in Management - Master of Accounting Program

Professor

C. Jevons Lee, Ph.D., University of Rocheste

Associate Professors

Deen Kemsley, Ph.D., University of North Carolina
David Lesmond, Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo
John R. Page, Ph.D., Tulane University
Soliman Y. Soliman, Ph.D., University of Georgia

Assistant Professor

Ling Zhou, PhD, Yale University

Instructor

Beauregard J. Parent, Jr., MBA, Loyola University of the South

Clinical Professor

Karen Foust, Ph.D., Tulane University

Professors of Practice

Pamela Shaw, Ph.D., University of Florida
Christine P. Smith, CPA, State of Louisiana University

Programs Offered

Accounting and Taxation Courses

Marketing

Professors

Harish Sujan, Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles
Mita Sujan, Malcolm Woldenberg Chair of Marketing, Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles

Assistant Professors

Georgios A. Bakamitsos, Ph.D., Northwestern University
Manish Kacker, PhD, Northwestern University

Professors of Practice

John Howard, PhD, Pennsylvania State University
Mauricio Gonzales, Ph.D., Tulane University

Programs Offered

Marketing Courses

Finance and Business Economics

Professors

Kenneth J. Boudreaux, Ph.D., University of Washington
Robert Hansen, Francis Martin Chair, Ph.D., University of Florida
James W. McFarland, J. F. Jr. and Jessie Lee Seinsheimer Dean’s Chair in Business, PhD, Texas A&M University
Thomas H. Noe, A. B. Freeman Chair of Finance, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin,
Paul A. Spindt, Keehn Berry Chair of Banking and Finance, Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara
John M. Trapani III, Martin F. Schmidt Chair of International Business, Ph.D., Tulane University

Associate Professors

David Lesmond, Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo
Russell P. Robins, Ph.D., University of California at San Diego; Associate Dean
Venkat Subramaniam, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Sheri Tice, Ph.D., Michigan State University

Assistant Professors

Yufeng Han, Ph.D., Washington University
Zhi Li, Ph.D., Arizona State University Visiting

Assistant Professor

John Hund, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Jiaran Pang, Ph.D., Washington University

Instructor

Myke Yest, Ph.D., Tulane University

Professors of Practice

Rodolfo Aguilar, Ph.D., North Carolina State University
Salvatore Cantale, Ph.D., INSEAD
Mark R. Johnson, Ph.D. University of California at San Diego
Joseph LeBlanc, BBA., CPA, CISA, CDP, Loyola University
William Reese, Ph.D, University of Arizona
Peter F. Ricchiuti, MBA, University of New Orleans
Eric Smith, MBA, Tulane University

Programs Offered

Finance and Business Economics Courses

Information Systems/Process Management

Associate Professor

Geoffrey Parker, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Visiting Associate Professor

Paul K. Bergey, Ph.D., Virginia Tech
Ekundayo Shittu, Ph.D. candidate, University of Massachusetts

Professors of Practice

Priscilla Hagebusch, MBA, Tulane University
Robin Desman, MBA, Tulane University Urmi Roy, MA, University of Calcutta

Programs Offered

Information Systems/Process Management Courses

Legal Studies in Business

Professors of Practice

Sanda Beach Groome, MBA, Tulane University; JD, Louisiana State University
Michael H. Hogg, MBA/JD, Tulane University, Associate Dean F.
Kelleher Riess, JD, Boston University

Programs Offered

Legal Studies in Business Courses

Management

Professors

Michael J. Burke, Lawrence Martin Chair of Business, Ph.D., Illinois Institute of Technology
Albert A. Cannella Jr., Earl P. and Ethel B. Koerner Chair of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, PhD, Columbia University
Adrienne Colella, A. B. Freeman Chair in Doctoral Studies and Research, Ph.D., Ohio State University
Scott S. Cowen
, Seymour S Goodman Memorial Professor of Business, DBA, George Washington University; President, Tulane University
Angelo S. DeNisi, Albert Harry Cohen Chair in Business Administration, Ph.D., Purdue University Greg Oldham, Freeman School Distinguished Chair in Business, Ph.D., Yale University

Associate Professors

Laura B. Cardinal, Director of the Burkenroad Institute, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Gerard E. Watzke, Ph.D., Stanford University

Assistant Professors

Lei Lai, Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University
Raja Roy, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Alexander Sleptsov, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Carmen Weigelt, Ph.D., Duke University

Professors of Practice

James Biteman, DBA, Harvard University
John B. Elstrott Jr., PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder
Christopher McCusker, PhD, University of Illinois

Programs Offered

Management Courses

Management Communication

Professors of Practice

Kelly Grant, MA, University of New Orleans
Frank Jaster, Ph.D., Tulane University
James C. Marvel, MA, University of Pennsylvania
Ashley Nelson, MBA, Tulane University

Management Communication Courses

Career Development and Management

Grades and credit hours will not be awarded for the CDMA courses.

Career Development and Management Courses

Tulane Interdisciplinary Experience Seminars (TIDB)

Tulane Interdisciplinary Experience Seminars (TIDB) Courses