Management

With CONSULTING and ENTREPRENEURSHIP tracks

Management encompasses a series of interrelated steps taken by firms and their leaders to achieve sustainable competitive advantage over their competitors. These steps include analyzing and understanding the competitive forces in the environment in which the organization operates and assessing and developing the material and human resources and capabilities that the firm needs in order to increase individual, group, and organizational performance. Management majors will acquire knowledge and skills that will help them in their career efforts to be consultants to organization leaders, providers of strategic, product, and human resource planning support, and entrepreneurs managing new ventures.

The management major aims to help students develop an integrative understanding of how organizations function, compete in their environment, and adapt to change. For example,

  • Learn about critical leadership capabilities and basic organizational processes: how decisions are made, priorities set, the challenges of strategy implementation, etc.
  • Acquire practical negotiation skills to resolve differences and negotiate mutually satisfying outcomes
  • Integrate knowledge from different functional areas to evaluate strategic corporate decisions such as mergers and acquisitions, alliances, new ventures, etc.
  • Understand the impact of innovation on consumers, companies, and industries and learn about approaches to foster innovation within organizations, manage new product development, and commercialize innovative products
  • Critically evaluate and assess company strategies from different functional perspectives 

 

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The Management major includes core and elective courses to address these learning objectives. Several of the classes use participant-centered learning methods such as exercises and case analyses that foster students' critical and innovative thinking skills, their team leadership and team work skills, and communication skills through presentations, all of which are important skills to achieve success in today's corporate world.

Students who have recently majored in management have pursued jobs as, for example, Project Manager (e.g. Epic Systems, Motorola, Schematic), Associate Product Manager (e.g. Yahoo!), Manager-In-Training (e.g. ABC Supply, Abercrombie & Fitch, Cintas, Enterprise, JCPenney, Sherwin Williams, Verizon Wireless), Operations Manager (NOLA Couture) and Special Events Coordinator (Woodberry Events).

TWO TRACKS

Students majoring in management choose between two tracks - Consulting and Entrepreneurship. Both tracks provide students with experiential learning opportunities embedded in courses.

Consulting: Students choosing the consulting track will take a course on strategic consulting that is structured around a real project with a real client, usually a local business or corporation, for whom students develop solutions to business problems and business challenges. This real client engagement presents students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge from various business functions (e.g. accounting, finance, marketing, etc.) to solving real-world business problems. Students acquire valuable skills such as handling client engagements, working in teams, identifying and framing problems, etc.

Entrepreneurship: Students choosing the entrepreneurship track will take a course on the management of new ventures that is structured around developing a real new venture plan. Students are presented with the opportunity to apply their knowledge from various business functions (e.g. accounting, finance, marketing, etc.) to conceive and develop a business plan for a new venture.  This course will allow students to experience the entrepreneurial process first hand, learn about traditional and social entrepreneurship business models, and discuss new ventures in different industries (e.g. high versus low-technology, or product versus service oriented). 

The Freeman School was ranked 4th among the best Entrepreneurship programs by Entrepreneur Magazine and the Princeton Review (2009).

The Freeman School of Business provides students with multiple opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to real-life community consulting projects, new venture initiatives, and business plan competitions. The Freeman School's entrepreneurial programs are brought together through the Levy Rosenblum Institute. The institute focuses on new businesses, family business, and social entrepreneurship.

Tulane Entrepreneurs Association (TEA)
TEA's mission is to assist members in expanding their entrepreneurial skill base. TEA sponsors lectures, workshops, and social networking events, and provides student entrepreneurs with assistance in organizing their own ventures. TEA coordinates student teams that create business plans for entry into business plan competitions, and sponsors the Tulane Business Plan Competition. TEA is open to all Tulane students. http://tea.tulane.edu/

Tulane Business Plan Competition - The Tulane Business Plan Competition is a live-presentation competition held annually on Tulane's uptown campus in New Orleans, Louisiana. The event, which is in its 10th year, is open to all students, both undergraduate and graduate, currently enrolled at an accredited university or college.

With three rounds of competition, one winner will be chosen to take home a cash prize, which was in the amount of $50,000 this year. The competition provides all participants with an excellent opportunity to reveal their innovations to accomplished venture capitalists. http://www.tulanebusinessplancompetition.com/

Companies and Job Titles reported by BSM graduates 2007-2010*

MANAGEMENT MAJORS 

Manager-in-Training

ABC Supply, Abercrombie & Fitch, Cintas, Enterprise, JCPenney, Sherwin Williams, Verizon Wireless

Project Manager

Epic Systems, Motorola, Schematic

Operations Manager

NOLA Couture

Associate Product Manager

Yahoo!

Special Events Coordinator Woodberry Events
Last Updated 7/17/12