About

Mission

Fundamental to our belief in a free society is an economic system described as “free enterprise” which is dependent upon individual initiative. This encompasses social and ethical standards derived from this system and embodied in a democratic society.

The Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise fosters mutual understanding and appreciation between members of the private enterprise sector, the academic community, and their government, and to encourage cooperative efforts among these groups.

The Kenan Institute serves these communities as a national center for scholarly research, joint exploration of issues, and course development all associated with the principal theme of preservation, encouragement, and understanding of private enterprise.

Organization and Operations

The Kenan Institute is part of Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and draws on the School’s administrative and faculty resources. It offers a number of programs conferences and seminars which bring together the business and academic communities at both the state and national levels.

The Institute works in conjunction with affiliated centers to provide an ongoing forum for information and interaction between business and academia. The Institute involves scholars and executives from across the nation who, having increased their mutual understanding, can work effectively together for the good of the free enterprise system.

Through its education and research activities, the Institute will provide practical solutions to problems faced by private enterprise, contribute to shaping business school curricula, and foster an appreciation of private enterprise in other academic fields from which future generations of business, academic and government leaders will emerge.

Latest News

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Kenan Institute Launches Kenan Scholars Board of Mentors

Nonpartisan business policy think tank connects corporate executives, academic researchers and policymakers with next-generation business leadership at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. Read More

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Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise to Host Annual Open House

The Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise will host its Annual Open House Thursday, September 7, during which the newly re-envisioned business policy think tank and its affiliated centers will educate and engage with the UNC-Chapel Hill community and beyond. Read More

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Will aggressive fee-cutting at the state pension fund lead to lower returns?

Greg Brown, director of the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, comments on State Treasurer Dale Folwell’s aggressive moves to slash the fees that the $92 billion state pension fund pays to outside money managers. Read More

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Steadying the Ship

An experienced investment committee can put an institution on course to gain higher endowment returns. Read More

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Investment Trends in Clean Energy

On April 21, the Kenan-Flagler Energy Club celebrated Earth Day with a lecture by alumnus Rob Glen (Arts & Sciences, ’78). A senior executive based in San Francisco for Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), Glen sets the prominent industry analyst firm’s global service, analysis and customer strategies. He also leads its business relationships with organizations including Chevron, General Electric and Google. Read More