Curriculum Development Series: Project-Based Experiential Learning

April 21, 2018 | Honolulu, Hawaii, USA


Paul N. Friga, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School

Dr. Paul N. Friga is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he teaches courses in management consulting and strategy.  He served on the UNC Faculty Athletics Committee, UNC CIBER Operations Committee, and was a Senior Advisor Committee of the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. He is also the Director of the STAR and STAR Global Programs – overseeing approximately 35 semester long consulting projects with MBAs and Undergraduates.  He is a faculty advisor in the UNC Global Immersion Electives Program with past visits to China, India and the United Arab Emirates.  He researches strategic decision-making, knowledge transfer, intuition, management consulting processes and entrepreneurship and has presented at numerous conferences throughout the world. He is the recipient of the UNC Chapman Family Undergraduate Teaching Award (2017), the IU Trustee Teaching Award (2008), IU Kelley School of Business Innovative Teaching Award (2006), and the UNC Kenan-Flagler Ph.D Teaching Award (2001). He co-founded and served as the first chair of the Strategic Management Society’s Strategy Teaching Community.  He offers an annual AACSB Seminar to faculty and administrators as part of the Curriculum Development for Experiential Learning Program – in the US and abroad.  He also serves on the Saint Francis University Board of Trustees.  He is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Academic Benchmarking Consortium which provides benchmarking data and analytics in higher education. Dr. Friga’s work has been published in The Academy of Management Learning and Education, Research ∙ Technology Management, and two books by McGraw-Hill, The McKinsey Mind (2001) and The McKinsey Engagement (2008).  He also authored two book chapters – one in The Handbook of Strategy Process Research and one in Entrepreneurial Learning: Conceptual Frameworks and Applications. He served as an editor on the Editorial Board of The Academy of Management Learning and Education and his work has been cited in the Economist, CFO Magazine, and other journals.  He completed his Ph.D. and MBA at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Beta Gamma Sigma) and previously worked as a management consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers and McKinsey & Co.  Dr. Friga’s undergraduate degree (Honors Program) is from Saint Francis University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a double degree in Management and Accounting.  He also earned CPA and CMA designations. Dr. Friga consults for many large (Fortune 100), mid-size and entrepreneurial companies as well as universities and not-for-profit organizations.  He is also a faculty member in the Institute for Management Studies through which he offers strategy seminars to executives in the U.S. and Europe.  He resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with his wife, Meredith, and son, Nicholas.