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Market-Based Solutions to Vital Economic Issues


Kenan Institute 2022 Grand Challenge: Stakeholder Capitalism
Market-Based Solutions to Vital Economic Issues



Zach Clayton of Three Ships and Bill George of Harvard Business School, co-authors of the book “True North: Emerging Leader Edition,” spoke about the challenges and benefits of stakeholder capitalism as part of their appearance at a Dean’s Speaker Series event at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. Clayton describes stakeholder capitalism as a new way to describe the long-standing idea that businesses are rooted in their communities, care about their employees and want to improve the lives of their customers. Says George: “I think it all starts with having clarity about the purpose of your company and what its values are.”

On Wednesday, October 20, Harvard’s Bill George and Three Ships’ Zach Clayton joined Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Associate Dean of the Undergraduate Business Program Shimul Melwani for a fireside chat. George and Clayton discussed their newly released book "True North: Emerging Leader Edition."

Yimfor, a Kenan Institute Distinguished Fellow, will discuss his recent work on how access to venture capital varies by the founder’s race and alma mater and explore mechanisms driving the variation.

If companies are going to provide equitable advancement opportunities for remote and hybrid workers, managers must be mindful and leaders must lead, say Jami Stewart of Cisco Systems Inc. and Jes Averhart of Jes & Co., speakers at a recent discussion hosted by the Kenan Institute-affiliated UNC Entrepreneurship Center and the Research Triangle Foundation. Also: A company’s commitment to social impact can be a key to adding and keeping talented young employees.

Why do firms offer non-wage compensation instead of the equivalent amount in financial compensation? We argue that firms use nonwage benefits, specifically female-friendly benefits, such as maternity leave, to increase gender diversity by efficiently attracting women.

Brands seeking to achieve reduced sugar content in their products generally adjust their product line to include products (i) with lower sugar content, which decreases the brand’s relative sugar content, or introduce (ii) smaller package sizes, which lowers its sugar content per package. Such sugar reduction efforts can affect consumers’ taste, health, and/or convenience perceptions, which influence products’ sales, so the current study investigates the effects of sugar reduction efforts on both volume and sugar sales in the U.S. soda category. A uniquely compiled data set, pertaining to sugar reduction efforts involving almost 140,000 product additions by nearly 80 brands over 11 years in the United States, shows that on average, sugar content (package size) reductions perform worse (better) than similar, non-reduced products.

Innovating isn’t easy, but new research finds leaders’ ability to handle critical tensions that accompany innovation in dynamic environments can make the difference between hitting the goal and missing the mark. UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Professor Chris Bingham weighs in on mastering innovation in a new MIT Sloan Management Review article.

As venture capital markets have surged in recent years, early access to capital remains highly localized. We examine changes that can help investors connect with underrepresented entrepreneurs outside traditional funding hubs, from innovative organizations to improvements in transportation.

Employee spinouts, defined as startups founded by prior employees of an industry firm, play a critical role in firm creation and knowledge transfer. Their superior performance often arises from resources and knowledge accrued during employment in parent firms. An understudied question is whether prior employment in parent firms impacts an employee

We examine the effect of pay transparency on gender pay gap and firm outcomes. This paper exploits a 2006 legislation change in Denmark that requires firms to provide gender disaggregated wage statistics. Using detailed employee-employer administrative data and a difference-in-differences and difference-in-discontinuities designs, we find the law reduces the gender pay gap, primarily by slowing the wage growth for male employees.

We examine the links between human capital and endowment investing. Harnessing detailed information on university endowments, we find that higher asset allocations to alternative assets accompany higher levels of human capital in the endowment’s investment process. Moreover, high levels of human capital are linked to larger returns, even on a risk-adjusted basis.

Hybrid work scheduling is here to stay, and it points to a broader incentive that companies can offer as part of employee recruiting and retention, a panel of experts said Tuesday, April 26 as part of “Designing Work for Attracting & Retaining Talent,” a discussion and networking session hosted by the Kenan Institute-affiliated UNC Entrepreneurship Center and the Research Triangle Foundation.