UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School


Best practice: Four join faculty


UNC Kenan-Flagler A pioneer in behavioral finance, freshly minted operations professors, and a management consulting veteran join the faculty at UNC Kenan-Flagler this academic year. The four professors’ expertise aligns strategically with areas of important changes in the economy, as well as changes in the MBA curriculum.

Trained in both finance and neuroscience, Camelia Kuhnen is a pioneer in behavioral finance and the new field of neuroeconomics. She examines how people make financial and economic choices that concern them as individuals or as decision makers in firms. She has studied financial decision making by investigating the brain and genetic mechanisms responsible for learning and risk taking in financial markets. She also has examined how firms select and incentivize employees, and demonstrated the importance of social connections and social comparisons for these processes. Top journals in neuroscience, finance and management have published her work. She joins UNC Kenan-Flagler from the Kellogg School of Management, effective Jan. 1, 2014. She received her PhD in finance from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and two bachelor's degrees (in finance and neuroscience) from MIT.

The research interests of Seyed Emadi are service operations, empirical studies in operations management, queuing systems, optimization and computational economics. His current work examines the structural estimation of callers' delay sensitivity, and the impact of delay announcements in call centers. He served as CEO of the Iran Transformer Research Institute and head of the electrical research department at Iran Transfer Co., both in Tehran. He received his PhD and MSc in operations management from the Kellogg School of Management. He also received an MSc and a BSc, both in electrical engineering, from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran.

Nur Sunar studies investment strategies, energy, applied probability, environmentally responsible operations management, global supply chains, capacity and technology management. Her doctoral research examines management problems in energy and sustainability. Dr. Sunar also is studying investment timing with incomplete information and multiple means of learning, and greenhouse gas emissions accounting. She received her PhD from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and her BS in industrial engineering from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey.

A McKinsey & Co. Inc., director emeritus, John Durrett is the lead faculty member for the MBA Consulting Concentration. He served in many leadership roles at McKinsey during a 26-year career, including managing director of the Atlanta and the West Coast offices. He consulted to the top management of firms in healthcare, financial services and basic materials on strategy, organization and large scale performance improvement initiatives. He is a faculty member for leadership programs at McKinsey. He received his JD from Emory University, MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and BA from Millsaps College.

“New faculty bring fresh research strengths and build on existing research strengths,” said Jennifer Conrad, senior associate dean for academic affairs and the Dalton McMichael Distinguished Professor of Finance at UNC Kenan-Flagler. “They bring new insights and approaches to the classroom, and continue our tradition of generating new knowledge that is important and relevant — work that has an impact on firms, policy-makers and other researchers.”