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Center for Excellence in Investment Management

Center for Excellence in Investment Management (CIM) provides resources that facilitate knowledge creation and dissemination throughout the ever-expanding frontiers of finance. CIM helps students, researchers, and practitioners keep pace with the rapidly evolving financial services industry through a variety of programs, publications, and outreach.

CIM Mission

  • Prepare Kenan-Flagler students for the most challenging jobs in cutting edge finance.
  • Promote academic and applied research in advanced financial strategies.
  • Engage leading practitioners in research, teaching, and current issues through special events, executive development workshops, and joint projects.


Preparing  Students

  • The Capital Markets Lab integrates real-world financial tools and the finance curriculum at Kenan-Flagler
  • Professional Development Workshops and the Speakers Series
  • CIM sponsors Kenan-Flagler’s participation as a CFA Program University Partner

Promoting Knowledge Creation

  • CIM provides support for faculty research initiatives.  (See below for links.)
  • Funding and administrative support from CIM supports the Private Equity Research Consortium (PERC)
  • Ph.D. students at Kenan-Flagler are eligible for competitive grants and fellowships from CIM
  • UNC-Duke Asset Pricing Conference

Engaging Leading Practitioners

  • Annual Private Equity Conference brings together practitioners, academics, and regulators
  • North Carolina Investment Institute and Investment Outlook events
  • Alpha Challenge
  • Alternative Investments Conference
  • Investment Management and CIM advisory boards

For more information, contact Christian Lundblad, Professor of Finance and Director of the Center for Excellence in Investment Management at Kenan-Flagler Business School, at 919-962-8441 or