News & Media

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Institute Insights: Homegrown Tools: Cultivating and Curating Economic Success

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May 22, 2019

A database developed by NCGrowth helps connect communities with information and inspiration. More

Adventures at the Nexus of Business and Public Policy

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May 22, 2019

Reeves Moseley, a political science and public policy double major with a minor in business, has always had a keen interest in public service. This past April, he had the opportunity to lobby on Capitol Hill with 80 other college students chosen to represent the Fraternal Government Relations Coalition. More

2019 Kenan Scholars Graduate in Style

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May 21, 2019

On April 4, the Kenan Institute celebrated the achievements of the first graduating class of Kenan Scholars. The 2019 graduates witnessed the birth of the Kenan Scholars program and have played an instrumental role in its development. More

Kenan Scholar Contributes to Sustainable Solutions in Guatemala

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May 15, 2019

Nikita Billman (BSBA '21) spent her spring break in Antigua, Guatemala working with the mission From Houses to Homes. More

Tom Kenan Named to Executive Mansion Fund Incorporated Board of Directors

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May 14, 2019

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has appointed Tom Kenan to the Executive Mansion Fund Incorporated Board of Directors. Kenan is director of Flagler System, Inc. and serves on the UNC-Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School Board of Visitors. He is also a trustee of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust and Fund Director. More

Kenan Institute Executive Director Greg Brown Quoted As Private Equity Expert in Wall Street Journal

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May 13, 2019 • Institute for Private Capital

Kenan Institute Executive Director and Institute for Private Capital Research Director Greg Brown spoke with Wall Street Journal Pro columnist Luis Garcia about what he and other industry observers have noted about investors' interest in the smoothness of private equity returns. Among other insights, Brown offered, “Private equity funds don’t like to mark things up and they don’t like to mark them down. So, when the market goes down, they look better than they should. And when the market goes up, they look worse than they should.” More

Institute Insights: Coworking Spaces: Working Alone, Together

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May 13, 2019

In the past decade, coworking spaces have emerged as a new and promising phenomenon within entrepreneurship. Due to its prevalence, popularity and potential for disruptive change, coworking is increasingly relevant to theory, practice and policy in entrepreneurship, yet its implications are largely unstudied given its rapid rise. More

Greg Brown Named to Governor’s Entrepreneurial Council

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May 09, 2019

Greg Brown, executive director of the Kenan Institute, has been named to Governor Roy Cooper’s new North Carolina Entrepreneurial Council, established to support policies that encourage entrepreneurship, foster economic development, and support sustainable, high-quality jobs.  Brown joins Kenan Institute Board of Advisors member Thom Ruhe as the second institute member on the council. More

Institute Insights: Increased Use of Predictive Analytics Is Re-Shaping the Factory Floor; Headquarters Relationships with Managers and Employees Shift

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May 07, 2019

Plants become more efficient, decision-making is centralized, but access to real-time data may “Uberize” workforce according to new research from UNC Tax Center Research Scholar Eva Labro and her colleagues. More

Have Private Equity Returns Really Declined?

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May 06, 2019 • Institute for Private Capital

Kenan Institute Executive Director Greg Brown and University of Chicago Booth School of Business Professor Steve Kaplan have co-authored a new white paper assembling the most current, comprehensive performance data on U.S. private equity buyout funds available. Contrary to some recent articles, this research shows U.S. buyouts have consistently outperformed public markets in the post-crisis era. More