Kenan Institute Welcomes UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School New Faculty

Friday September 7, 2018
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“We have significantly expanded the scope of the institute’s partnership with the school, and are today working closely with faculty at Kenan-Flagler to increase the impact of the school’s research.”

Greg Brown
Director, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise

Chapel Hill, N.C. — 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.

Following that presentation, Professor Greg Brown, institute director, shared with the audience of more than 60 faculty the goals of the institute for the coming years.

“We have significantly expanded the scope of the institute’s partnership with the school, and are today working closely with faculty at Kenan-Flagler to increase the impact of the school’s research,” Brown said.

Faculty members try-on Google Glass, as part of PNC Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship Al Segars presentation for the seminar.

Faculty attend the Interdisciplinary Seminar in the Kenan Center ahead of the New Faculty Dinner.

Edward Bernstein Distinguished Professor of Economics and Adjunct Professor of Finance Eric Ghysels presents his research on machine learning during the Interdisciplinary Seminar.

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Dean Doug Shackelford welcomes the new faculty and encourages their involvement with the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise.

New faculty member Markus Saba, Professor of the Practice of Marketing and Executive Director of the Center for the Business of Health, introduces himself to attendees.

New faculty member Stephanie Mahin, Clinical Assistant Professor of Management and Corporate Communication, introduces herself to attendees.

Kenan Institute Director of Research Christian Lundblad speaks with colleagues during the reception.

Kenan Institute Director Greg Brown speaks with Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Allred Distinguished Scholar Atul Nerkar during the Kenan Center lounge reception.

New and current faculty mingle during a reception in the Kenan Center lounge.

Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Sustainability Distinguished Fellow and Faculy Director of the Center for the Sustainable Enterprise Olga Hawn gives remarks at the New Faculty Dinner in the Kenan Center dining room.

PNC Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship Al Segars presents his research “Seven Technologies Remaking the World” during the Interdisciplinary Seminar at the Kenan Center.

Professor Christian Lundblad, who serves as the Kenan Institute research director as well associate dean for the school’s Ph.D. program, shared the institute’s recent work to increase the number of research assistants available to business school faculty by actively pursuing a greater number of undergraduate, pre-doctoral, doctoral and post-doctoral researchers.

“One of the added benefits of our efforts, we believe, will be the opportunity to attract smart new people from other disciplines who may not be on a traditional business school or MBA path,” Lundblad highlighted. “These might include women and underrepresented minorities, and others from different disciplines who simply haven’t been exposed to business research.”

Professor Olga Hawn, the newly appointed faculty director for the institute’s affiliated Center for Sustainable Enterprise, said these efforts give Kenan-Flagler faculty a “unique competitive advantage” over other business schools.

Dean Doug Shackelford closed the program, offering an official welcome to new faculty and inviting the group to introduce themselves to the room.

The new UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School faculty include Andrew Boysen, Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship; Alexander Dickey, Professor of the Practice of Strategy and Entrepreneurship; Melissa Geil, Clinical professor of Management and Corporate Communication; Chloe Glaeser, Instructor with Special Provision in Operations; Stephen Glaeser, Instructor with Special Provision in Accounting; Andrei Gonçalves, Assistant Professor of Finance; Stephanie Mahin, Clinical Assistant Professor of Management and Corporate Communication; Sajad Modaresi, Instructor with Special Provision in Operations; Markus Saba, Professor of the Practice of Marketing; Elad Sherf, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior; Elena Simintzi, Assistant Professor of Finance; and Andreas Statopoulos, Visiting Assistant Professor of Finance.

About the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise

The Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise develops and promotes innovative, market-based solutions to vital economic issues. With the belief that private enterprise is the cornerstone of a prosperous and free society, the institute fosters the entrepreneurial spirit to stimulate economic prosperity and improve the lives of people in North Carolina, across the country and around the world.

About the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School

Consistently ranked one of the world’s best business schools, UNC Kenan-Flagler is known for its collaborative culture that stems from its core values: excellence, leadership, integrity, community and teamwork. Professors excel at both teaching and research, and demonstrate unparalleled dedication to students. Graduates are effective, principled leaders who have the technical and managerial skills to deliver results in the global business environment. UNC Kenan-Flagler offers extraordinary, real-life learning experiences a rich portfolio of programs: Undergraduate Business, MBA, Master of Accounting, PhD and Executive Development. It is home to the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise.