Christian Lundblad is the new Director of Research at the Kenan Institute and Associate Dean for the Doctoral Program at Kenan-Flagler

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 | Joseph Hiatt

On behalf of the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, in conjunction with the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, I'd like to congratulate Dr. Christian Lundblad on his new position as Director of Research at the Kenan Institute.  As of July 1, 2016, Dr. Lundblad is serving a dual role here at the business school, as he is now also serving as the Associate Dean for the Doctoral Program.    His mission is to be a bridge between the two entities and promote the link between research and academics, ideally having a greater impact on both.  Engaging doctoral students in research being done at the Kenan Institute will foster improved academics as these students take the latest research and incorporate it into their own teaching. More

How does it matter? SEEDing the thoughts for measuring economic prosperity”

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 | Swetha Vasu

How prosperous is your country? If one were to pose this question to a randomly picked subset of people from all over the world, there is a high possibility of receiving answers centered around the term ‘GDP’, or the Gross Domestic Product. Since its inception during the Great Depression in the United States, this microeconomics term has become the standard for measuring the economic prosperity of a country. More

Learnings From State Senator Tom McInnis — Ask the Right Questions and Value Management Skills

Monday, May 2, 2016 | Cindy Tsai

The Kenan Institute's founder, Frank Hawkins, believed that through business and relationships much could be offered and taught. In that spirit, the Institute recently welcomed North Carolina State Senator Tom McInnis, who spoke about his work for the state, his experience as a businessman, and how leadership practices are necessary in every aspect of policymaking. More

Launching Speed Language Learning

Monday, April 25, 2016 | Swetha Vasu

Strolling through the streets of Spain as a tourist, have you stumbled upon phrases such as: “¿Cómo está?”; “Bien, gracias. ¿Y usted?”? Or, while doing business with Spanish clients, have you heard sentences such as: “Estoy aquí para una conferencia”; “Estoy aquí de negocios”? And, have you ever felt like learning Spanish to feel a part of such conversations? What if we told you that you could pick up such phrases in a fun way, and all in an hour? More

Helping Papirys Bridge the Gap Between Its Products and the Consumers Who Need Them

Friday, March 11, 2016 | Ashley Brown

In the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School’s introductory marketing class for undergraduates, there’s a mandatory group project in which students devise a marketing strategy plan for a business of their choice. Our group’s instinct was to go with a restaurant that was new to town, serves comfort food, and whose primary target market is the UNC student body—the perfect project for a group of undergrads, right? Our professor, Dr. Nick Didow, had another idea. He suggested that we work with Papirys, a cybersecurity startup that was still in its testing phase at the time. As a group, we were at first overwhelmed and, frankly, confused by this suggestion. Just one of our group members had any experience or extensive knowledge pertaining to this type of technology. However, we decided to take up the challenge, and oddly enough, this unfamiliarity did not hinder our ability to provide Papirys with the marketing planning they needed to get started. More

Food For Thought Series: The Future of Airports

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 | Cindy Tsai

The Kenan Institute's Food for Thought series continued at the start of this year with a number of thought-provoking presentations and discussions. One recent installment of the lunch series was with John Kasarda, Director of the Center for Air Commerce at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. Kasarda's presentation took an in-depth look at a topic that not many of us have considered: the aerotropolis, a city that is built around and for an airport. The development takes place in reverse fashion of what we are typically accustomed to; first an airport is built, and then a city is build around it. More

Being Comfortable in the Uncomfortable – Deborah Stroman on #BlackLivesMatter

Monday, February 22, 2016 | Swetha Vasu

There is the dark side of human nature - the one that succumbs to easy baits of pre-conceived notions, inveterate yet unverified beliefs, hurtful judgments, and many more. It is never easy to admit that weakness even at a conscience level and needless to say, it is a herculean task to come out in public to discuss it. But, this very silence can lead to another generation of misinformed beliefs and ignorance. After all, what else can explain the existence of institutional racism- several decades after the abolishment of slavery? More

Zig Zag: The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity

Thursday, February 11, 2016 | Ashley Landstra

I have always thought there were two types of people in this world, right brained or left brained, creative or, well…not creative.  Since my idea of creativity is customizing my sandwich order at a deli, I always assumed I was part of the latter group.  I know I’m not alone in this assessment.  Over the years I have heard many people wishing they could be more creative.  This makes sense; creativity differentiates people. More

This Time, That Year

Monday, January 25, 2016 | Swetha Vasu

Every tryst with experience sculpts your attitude towards perfection. I have always believed in filling my life with such experiences that I would live to cherish. With vivid memories, I remember the same time last year, when I was led into the experience called the “internship search.” With a technology consulting background, I was looking to move into more challenging roles- tilted towards strategy. I also felt an inkling for global strategy and had the desire to look for roles that provided that scope. It was at that time that I stumbled upon the ‘Kenan Institute Asia’ opportunity in a Net Impact Club mailer. More

Kenan Institute in 2016: Academics in Action!

Friday, January 8, 2016 | Cindy Tsai

As the new director of the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Greg Brown is hitting the ground running. Having taught at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School for over 15 years, Brown already has a firsthand perspective of the quality research and academics that define UNC Chapel Hill. Now, as director of the Kenan Institute, he can shine a light on the opportunities for students and faculty to put “academics into action.” More