UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
Leveraging technology

Leveraging Technology for Impact

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Technology is transforming every aspect of our lives. At UNC Executive Development, we look to new technologies to help us deepen the impact we make on individuals and organizations.

Our groundbreaking partnership with Fortune utilizes technology to offer online executive education to business leaders anywhere in the world. In addition to removing geographical barriers to learning, we are leveraging technology to create virtual reality experiences to place participants into highly complex environments to wrestle with synthesizing complexity – both individually and as a diverse team. We're talking about using artificial intelligence to simulate the massive amount of information executives now have at their fingertips and help them get better at making decisions. And we’re talking about using gamification to reconnect with the learning experience and reengage with the ideas well after the program ends. All to ensure the learning sticks.

In developing these new pedagogies, we draw on the innovative spirit of the University of North Carolina and the Kenan-Flagler Business School. Recently, John and Marree Townsend generously gifted $50 million to UNC. Of that, $10 million is dedicated to Kenan-Flagler to fund our initiatives in virtual reality, simulations, augmented reality, gamification and artificial intelligence. “This transformative level of support from the Townsends will enable us to make great strides as we work toward our goal of becoming the best business school of the 21st century,” said Doug Shackelford, Dean and Meade H. Willis Distinguished Professor of Taxation at UNC Kenan-Flagler. “The more we can maximize the use of technology to link intellectual experiences with emotional ones, the greater the impact on our students’ education – and their lives.”

Impact. It drives everything we do.

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