Created in 1990, the goal of the Burkenroad Institute is to increase the understanding of and promote through research and education the ethical decision making of business leaders. More and more, one hears of the moral obligations of business leaders to their customers, employees, communities, and the natural environment being discussed in conjunction with traditional "bottom-line" concerns. Increasingly, ethical leadership is not seen as something separate from business leadership. Thus, the demands made on business leaders continue to grow; the Institute, through research and education, continues to help meet the challenges of managing ethically. The Institute also fosters open forums among students, faculty, executives, and community leaders on the moral obligations of business professionals.
The Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship (LRI) trains and inspires entrepreneurs through coursework, community service projects, and internships. Freeman School students are provided the opportunity to work with experienced faculty members of entrepreneurship, network with a regional board of entrepreneurs and participate in a student based entrepreneurial association which provides a training ground for business development. In addition, LRI coordinates joint academic, government and business initiatives that stimulate private enterprise and regional economic growth. It also contributes to regional and economic development by assisting the corporate and family business communities in identifying and exploring business issues through shared learning experiences. Key programs include the: ·
is a volunteer service program that links Freeman School students with local nonprofit organizations and disadvantaged businesses in need of business consulting services. Alumni serve as advisors to student teams performing the pro bono projects and assist in identifying and recruiting organizations to participate in the program. Students can earn certificates at graduation for 25 hours of service. Previous recipients of assistance through this program include: American Red Cross, Audubon Institute, Bureau of Government Research, Junior Achievement, and Louisiana SPCA.
The VITA program provides low to moderate income families with assistance in filing for Earned Income Tax Credits. The purpose of the VITA program is to encourage families who qualify for earned income tax credits to file for their returns and then enroll in a matched savings program.
Over the last half-century, the popular concept of business has focused on huge and powerful corporations while family businesses were equated with mom-and-pop operations. In reality, approximately 90 percent of U.S. businesses and more than a third of Fortune 500 firms are family controlled. These family controlled enterprises produce half of the Gross National Product and employ half of the work force; they are the heart of America's economic power. Family businesses face issues and challenges unique to their composition. This is evidenced by the startling facts that only 30 percent of family businesses today succeed to the second generation and only 10 percent succeed into the third generation. To improve these odds, the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane formed the Tulane University Family Business Center in 1992. The Family Business Center (FBC) focuses on the issues and challenges that family businesses must overcome to grow and prosper from one generation to the next. .
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