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Frontiers of Business Conference: Building Business Resiliency

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October 10, 2024
The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Featured Events

07
Mar
2024
Event
Kathleen M. Sutcliffe – Staying the Course: Resilience Insights from Adventure Racing
Sutcliffe, a Kenan Institute Distinguished Fellow, will highlight the state of knowledge about resilience, drawing together multiple sources of research that include a recent study of adventure racing.
15
Feb
2024
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Josh Lerner: The Venture Capital Bust and the Resilience of Innovation
Please join us for a talk by Josh Lerner, a Kenan Institute Distinguished Fellow, who will be discussing the unprecedented explosion of venture capital activity worldwide and what was behind this dramatic surge of activity.

Distinguished Fellows

The Kenan Institute Distinguished Fellows, appointed on an annual basis, comprise an exemplary set of global scholars committed to leveraging their individual expertise, thought leadership, research and networks to further the institute’s efforts to examine – and drive solutions to – the most complex and timely issues facing business and the economy today. The 2024 Distinguished Fellows work to support the Kenan Institute’s exploration of business resilience.  

David Autor
Ford Professor of Economics, MIT, and 2024 Kenan Institute Distinguished Fellow
Josh Lerner
Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking, Harvard Business School, and 2024 Kenan Institute Distinguished Fellow
Christine Moorman
T. Austin Finch, Sr. Professor of Business Administration, Duke University Fuqua School of Business, and 2024 Kenan Institute Distinguished Fellow
Kathleen M. Sutcliffe
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Johns Hopkins University, and 2024 Kenan Institute Distinguished Fellow
Jayashankar M. Swaminathan
GlaxoSmithKline Distinguished Professor of Operations, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, and 2024 Kenan Institute Distinguished Fellow

The Distinguished Fellows program is supported by a generous gift from Bruce and Katie Van Saun.

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Our 2024 Frontiers of Business Conference will convene corporate executives, top researchers and policy leaders to share objective, evidence-based solutions for building more resilient businesses ready to survive and succeed in a risk-filled world. Learn more today.

Sutcliffe, a Kenan Institute Distinguished Fellow, will highlight the state of knowledge about resilience, drawing together multiple sources of research that include a recent study of adventure racing.

Please join us for a talk by Josh Lerner, a Kenan Institute Distinguished Fellow, who will be discussing the unprecedented explosion of venture capital activity worldwide and what was behind this dramatic surge of activity.

An analysis shows the overall number of suppliers and countries supplying goods did not change significantly from 2019 to 2021. Companies did shift away from riskier countries like China, and delivery patterns also changed.

Building resiliency is essential for managing today's distinct risks, yet how do businesses develop the agility and adaptability that would make them more resilient? That's the focus of the 2024 Kenan Institute Grand Challenge.

Business Resilience

American Growth Project models project that all 150 of the top Extended Metropolitan Areas will see slower growth in 2024 than they did last year and that 56 of them will contract. See what else the data tell us.

Sekou Bermiss, UNC Kenan-Flagler associate professor of strategy and entrepreneurship, unpacks the topic of people analytics, discussing how firms can build better culture by supporting both managers and employees.

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Professor Mark McNeilly discusses how ChatGPT and other AI tools will change the workplace - as well as how workers can best prepare themselves for these changes.

Business Resilience

2022 was a tumultuous year: NASDAQ, a tech-heavy stock index, closed the year down more than 30%; inflation proved more stubborn than policymakers initially thought and reached 40-year highs; Russia invaded Ukraine, sending commodity prices even higher; and central banks cranked up rates in response, the Federal Reserve raising interest rates at an unprecedented pace in recent history from around zero to over 4%. As we entered 2023, the global economy stood “on a razor’s edge,” the World Bank warned in its latest projections. Add to that a divided Congress with razor-thin majorities, political wrangling over the debt ceiling, and increasingly frequent catastrophic weather events, and it leaves one wondering where we are all headed.

The pandemic taught us that equity investors would be wise to seek to invest in firms with resilient supply chains. But is there a reliable way to identify firms whose supplier-customer relationships are less vulnerable to disruptions?

Business Resilience

With a recent report from the United Nations warning that climate change has already begun to cause irreversible damage, experts during the 2022 Kenan Institute Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Conference discussed the role innovation can – and should – be playing to combat these ill effects. This week’s insight explores the topic through Q&A with Dr. Eric Toone, executive managing director and technology lead at Breakthrough Energy Ventures, and Dr. Jacqueline Pless, the Fred Kayne (1960) Career Development Professor of Entrepreneurship at MIT Sloan School of Management.

Business Resilience

Corporate executives have begun to glimpse the strategic value of incorporating artificial intelligence as an “employee” within their organization. In this Kenan Insight, we explore a framework that outlines the critical elements for harnessing the potential of human-AI working relationships.