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    NCGrowth Summer Showcase Highlights Flourishing Sanford Businesses

    NCGrowth, an affiliated center of the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise, hosted its annual summer showcase in Sanford, N.C., on Friday, Sept. 7.


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September 28, 2018

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Recent News & Media

Kenan Scholars, Mentors Connect at Speed Networking Event

September 19, 2018

As students trickled back onto campus after the Hurricane Florence hiatus, a group of dedicated juniors made its way to Top of the Hill’s Back Bar on Franklin Street on Tuesday evening – not to belly up to the bar, but for a whirlwind round of meeting, greeting and conversation with strangers. More

Kenan Institute Welcomes UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School New Faculty

September 07, 2018

The Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise hosted UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School’s annual new faculty dinner Thursday evening at the Kenan Center. The institute, which supports the school’s outreach and research efforts, kicked off the event with an interdisciplinary seminar featuring a presentation by Professor Al Segars on his latest research, “Seven Technologies Remaking the World,” and discussion and Q&A facilitated by Professor Eric Ghysels. More

Perceptive and Prescient: Experts’ Projections on Global Trade Hit the Mark

August 31, 2018

In April of this year, the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise hosted the day-long Global Trade, Global Tradeoffs: Emerging Challenges in International Commerce conference. Key thought leaders from academia, industry and government convened at the Kenan Center in Chapel Hill to explore how international trade is impacting markets and communities around the world. More

Latest Research

Activism and Empire Building

September 08, 2018

We study the role of hedge fund activists in curbing empire building. We show that firms with poor acquisition records are more likely to become activist targets. Our findings highlight an important channel through which activists improve the efficiency of public companies. More

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