Global Commerce

Overview and Objectives

The Global Commerce Core Initiative of the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise is comprised of a portfolio of affiliated centers whose collective activities in research, consulting and networking contribute to the growing corpus of knowledge in global commerce and facilitate global trade to the benefit of organizations around the globe—from local North Carolina companies to multinationals worldwide.

People, products, services, information and finances have never been more globally inter-connected. The product market for any firm has grown dramatically as global consumers have connected with each other through culture, sports, brands and social networks. The global business ecosystem is constantly evolving with advances in technology, sustainable operations and  global supply chain management.  In response, policy makers worldwide are striving to develop appropriate sets of incentives, taxes and business regulation that help their stakeholders. Today’s complex world is being shaped by many factors that combine to make the business environment more complex and difficult to navigate.   Any firm whether a small business in rural America or a leading multi-national needs to be able to leverage the immense potential of globalization while at the same time be able to maintain its strategic advantages.

KIPE’s Global Commerce Initiative promotes research and dialogue that help businesses and policy makers decipher the complexities of this rapidly changing global economy through the work conducted in its affiliated Centers.  The Global Commerce Initiative supports scholarly research by faculty and doctoral students in global commerce and policy deployment, promotes active interaction with industry through joint projects as well as through roundtables and conferences  that bring academic and industry experts, together with policy makers, to debate on important topics related to global commerce.

Affiliated Centers

Leadership

Jayashankar M. Swaminathan

GlaxoSmithKline Distinguished Professor of Operations and Associate Dean of OneMBA, UNC-Chapel Hill
msj@unc.edu • 919.843.8341

Jayashankar (Jay) Swaminathan is the GlaxoSmithKline Distinguished Professor of Operations and associate dean of the Global OneMBA Program. More

Noel Greis

Director, Digital Enterprise and Innovation
noel_greis@unc.edu • 919.962.2133

Noel Greis, PhD, Director, Digital Enterprise and Innovation, is an expert in global logistics and supply chain management and has won numerous awards for her research on logistics, global operations strategy, technology management, and technology commercialization. More

Kenan Institute Global Connections

KIPE’s Global Commerce Initiative promotes research and dialogue that help businesses and policy makers decipher the complexities of this rapidly changing global economy through the work conducted in its affiliated Centers.