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Kenan Insight from CSE Experts on What to Expect from Biden on Climate Change

March 08, 2021 • Report

In this Kenan Insight, CSE experts Dr. Olga Hawn, Jeff Mittelstadt and Tracy Triggs-Matthews explain why we support these expectations, examining what Biden has already done in his brief tenure, the feasibility of the plans he’s outlined thus far, and whether (and how) he can propel the U.S. to a leadership role in sustainability More

The Role of Stock Exchanges in ESG Intervention

December 07, 2020 • Undergraduate Research

Carylann Edwards, BSBA 2020, completed an independent research project facilitated by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Environment, Ecology and Energy Program and Kenan Flagler Business School’s Center for Sustainable Enterprise on the role of stock exchanges in ESG intervention and a potential path to enhanced sustainability disclosure. More

Undergraduate Research: How Can We Improve Impact Investing, Especially Through Education?

November 09, 2020 • Undergraduate Kenan Scholar Research

Yingxi Huang, CSE full-time Sustainability Associate and Kenan Scholar, spent the summer researching the impact investing industry. She also studied how impact investing is taught at leading US business schools and at universities around the world. More

Undergraduate Research: Covid Response and Recovery Efforts and Sustainability in the Supply Chain

September 15, 2020 • Undergraduate Kenan Scholar Research

Ethan Silvey and Carli Cone, CSE full-time Sustainability Associates and Kenan Scholars, spent the summer researching response and recover efforts to the pandemic and sustainability in the supply chain, respectively. More

Building Resiliency from Fragility

August 17, 2020 • Undergraduate Kenan Scholar Research

McCauley Palmer, CSE full-time Sustainability Associate and Kenan Scholar, spent her summer researching the potential for sustainable development as a mechanism to drive recession recovery for the private sector and to build resiliency for future crises in response to the 2020 recession. More

Sustainable Sportswear Honors Thesis

July 23, 2020 • Undergraduate Honors Thesis

For his senior honors thesis research project, Chris Karras, BSBA ’20, was able to merge a personal interest in sports and sportswear with his interest in marketing and sustainability. We sat down with Chris to discuss his research. More

The Effect of Market and Nonmarket Competition on Firm and Industry Corporate Social Responsibility

July 15, 2020 • Peer Reviewed Scholarly Article
Author(s): Olga Hawn

We contribute to the emerging literature on strategic corporate social responsibility (CSR) and its antecedents by undertaking a systematic analysis of the effect of rivalry on firm and industry CSR. We deal with the codetermination of competition and CSR by using instrumental variables in the firm-level analysis and by modeling it directly in the industry-level analysis. More

Innagural Sustainability Report 2018-2019 Academic Year

May 18, 2020 • Report
Author(s): Carlyann Edwards, Jordan Cox

We are pleased to share this first-ever sustainability report for the Center for Sustainable Enterprise and UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. For more than 20 years, the Center for Sustainable Enterprise has been conducting research, educating students and sharing best practices. More

The Distribution of Non-Wage Benefits: Maternity Benefits and Gender Diversity

July 26, 2019 • Peer Reviewed Scholarly Article

Why do firms offer non-wage compensation instead of the equivalent amount in financial compensation? We argue that firms use non-wage benefits, specifically maternity leave, to efficiently target workers with desirable characteristics. More

Undergraduate Honors Thesis’: A Case Study of Waste and Production Efficiency in Pennsylvania’s Oil and Gas Industry

May 21, 2019 • White Paper
Author(s): Tara Nath

An understanding of organizational learning provides insights into how companies evolve and remain competitive in an ever-changing environment. Companies in the Oil Field Services & Equipment (OFSE) sector have to operate under constantly squeezing profit margins while handling environmental concerns from local communities where they operate. More

Microfoundations of Corporate Social Responsibility and Irresponsibility

December 22, 2018 • Peer Reviewed Scholarly Article
Author(s): Olga Hawn

This study examines the importance of social perception of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and irresponsibility (CSI). Drawing from the social psychology literature on stereotypes, we argue that two fundamental dimensions of social perception—warmth and competence—help understand the underlying processes and conditions under which CSR leads to specific outcomes. More