About

Mission

Fundamental to our belief in a free society is an economic system described as “free enterprise” which is dependent upon individual initiative. This encompasses social and ethical standards derived from this system and embodied in a democratic society.

The Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise fosters mutual understanding and appreciation between members of the private enterprise sector, the academic community, and their government, and to encourage cooperative efforts among these groups.

The Kenan Institute serves these communities as a national center for scholarly research, joint exploration of issues, and course development all associated with the principal theme of preservation, encouragement, and understanding of private enterprise.

Organization and Operations

The Kenan Institute is part of Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and draw’s on the School’s administrative and faculty resources. It offers a number of programs conferences and seminars which bring together the business and academic communities at both the state and national levels.

The Institute works in conjunction with affiliated centers to provide an ongoing forum for information and interaction between business and academia. The Institute involves scholars and executives from across the nation who, having increased their mutual understanding, can work effectively together for the good of the free enterprise system.

Through its education and research activities, the Institute will provide practical solutions to problems faced by private enterprise, contribute to shaping business school curricula, and foster an appreciation of private enterprise in other academic fields from which future generations of business, academic and government leaders will emerge.

Latest News

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Growth from the Ground Up

A Robeson County tortilla manufacturer is ready to increase his production from 25,000 pounds of tortillas a week to 120,000 pounds. UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA student Ben Holmes is helping him do just that — through NCGrowth, an affiliate of the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise. Read More

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Patrick Hartley Joins the Kenan Institute Team

Last month, Patrick Hartley, a distinguished member of the Kenan-Flagler community, joined the Kenan Institute as a Fellow. He has been a Professor of the Practice of Finance at Kenan-Flagler for nearly twelve years. Currently, he also serves as President of the board of directors of the Kenan-Flagler Business School Foundation. Read More

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Kenan Research Fellow’s Study Finds Youth Apprenticeship Programs Are Mutually Beneficial

Apprenticeship programs provide hands-on training to young adults entering the workforce while functioning as a recruitment tool for companies looking for young talent. Read More