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Chris Bingham

Christopher Bingham

Phillip Hettleman Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Area Chair of Strategy and Entrepreneurship


McColl 4609, CB 3490 Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3490


Chris Bingham is an expert in innovation, growth and strategy in dynamic markets. He is an award-winning teacher and researcher.

His research has been published in all top management journals and has received numerous best-paper awards.  He also publishes in Harvard Business Review and MIT Sloan Management Review, has been featured in outlets such as National Public Radio, Business Insider and Fast Company, and is the co-author of “Productive Tensions: How Every Leader Can Tackle Innovation’s Toughest Tradeoffs” (MIT Press and Penguin Random House, 2022).

Dr. Bingham has won the Award for Excellence in Executive MBA Teaching at UNC Kenan-Flagler several times. He had the highest rated core class, Strategic Management, in the Full-Time MBA Program. He received the Bullard Faculty Research Impact Award, which recognizes a professor whose research has had a significant impact on the practice of business.

His industry experience includes work with McKinsey & Company, Deloitte Consulting and Price Waterhouse, as well as with several entrepreneurial firms. He frequently teaches and works with executive audiences, including 2U, 3M, Astellas, AvalonBay, CenturyLink, CommScope, Corning, CSX, FedEx, Goodyear, Huber Woods, IHRSA, Intel, Leidos, Lenovo, Levi Strauss, Liberty Hardware, Lockheed Martin, Marriott, PRA, Procter & Gamble, Royal Caribbean, Southern Glazers, Sunbelt Rentals, Tanger, Textron, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Marines, U.S. Navy, U.S. Space Force, Veterans Affairs, Volunteers of America, Vulcan Materials and WL Gore.

He is a former nationally sponsored snowboarder and is fluent in Spanish.

He received his PhD in strategy, organizations and entrepreneurship from Stanford University. He received his BS in accounting and his MBA/MA from Brigham Young University, where he graduated with honors.

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