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Join us as we explore the current challenges facing businesses and policy makers as disruptive technologies alter operations and strategies — as well as entire industries. The forum hosts business leaders, top scholars and policy experts debating the most pressing current issues in a novel format.

This fifth annual conference will convene thought leaders from academics, industry and government to debate the most challenging current issues in the field of entrepreneurship and set the agenda for future research and policy.

As long-standing leaders in sustainability, the Center for Sustainable Enterprise and the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise are proud to host the University of North Carolina Sustainability Awards. These awards recognize the leadership of North Carolina Business in protecting and promoting the state’s natural resources.

Join our panel of experts who will share their technological, legal and social expertise to answer the questions raised by the real-world performance of risk assessment instruments.

How have AstraZeneca's recent missteps in reporting COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial results affected the public's trust, and what's next on the road to FDA approval? Hear from Emmes Chief Business Officer Lynn Lewis.

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.

Quantum circuits are an essential aspect of quantum algorithms and applications. Their efficiency can greatly impact not only the efficiency of higher level algorithms but also their feasibility and applicability, especially in the current NISQ era. In this talk, Shaohan Hu, will join us from the Future Lab of Applied Research and Engineering at JPMorgan Chase to discuss two pieces of his recent work on building efficient quantum circuits.

The widespread adoption of technological advances has made the move to working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic a success. In this Kenan Insight, we look at why the switch was such a win, its impact on worker productivity, and what it means in the long term for workers, office spaces and cities.

During the past 40 years, the income gap between top and bottom earners has expanded exponentially, with the top 1% controlling about 20% of national income and the bottom 50% holding less than 13%. In this Kenan Insight, we examine the role of two factors contributing to regional inequalities in the U.S and Europe: job automation and telecommuting.

The Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will host a virtual conference on machine learning in finance on March 5, 2021. The conference is co-sponsored by the Journal of Financial Econometrics (JFEC) and the International Center for Finance (ICF) at Yale University.

Despite advocacy from governmental officials and parents alike, we urge caution in the reopening of public schools before the coronavirus pandemic is fully under control. We are especially concerned about the premature re-opening of schools in impoverished and flood-prone urban and rural environments.

From research to teaching to community, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Associate Professor Mahka Moeen always has an eye on innovation and creative adaptation. Learn about her inspired – and inspiring – approach to her work in this recent article.

Our Technology, Innovation & Strategy Experts

Barry Bayus

Professor of Marketing

    Chris Bingham

    Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Phillip Hettleman Distinguished Scholar and Area Chair of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

    Eric Ghysels

    Edward Bernstein Distinguished Professor of Economics and Professor of Finance, Faculty Director of Rethinc. Labs

      Vickie Gibbs

      Executive Director, UNC Entrepreneurship Center

      Tarun Kushwaha

      Associate Professor of Marketing

      Lauren Lu

      Associate Professor of Operations

      Mahka Moeen

      Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

      William Putsis

      Professor of Marketing, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and Rethinc. Labs Fellow

      Albert H. Segars

      PNC Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

      Donghwa Shin

      Assistant Professor of Finance, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

      Nur Sunar

      Assistant Professor of Operations

      Jayashankar M. Swaminathan

      GlaxoSmithKline Distinguished Professor of Operations, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

      Chris Wicher

      AI Research Fellow, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise; former Director of AI Research, KPMG AI Center of Excellence; Vice President, Watson Engineering, IBM