About Paul.

Hi, I’m Paul Friga

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 serves on the UNC Faculty Athletics Committee, UNC CIBER Operations Committee, and the Senior Advisor Committee of the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. He is also the Director of the S.T.A.R. Program – overseeing approximately 25 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 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.

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 has 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 top 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 & Company. 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 has 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 throughout the year. He resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with his wife, Meredith, and son, Nicholas.

Past Clients & Valued Relationships



Paul N. Friga, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School

Past Clients & Relationships

ABG Consulting
Boston Scientific
GDF Suez
Glen Raven
J.D. Power & Associates
Kaiser Permanente
Kimball Office Furniture
QHR Consulting
Scientific Atlanta (now part of Cisco)
Technomic Consulting
Walker Information
Bloomington Economic Development Corp.
George Washington University
Greater Indianapolis Hospitality & Lodging Association
NC Railroad Corporation
University of Wisconsin – Madison
UNC Athletics Department
UNC Biomedical Engineering Department
UNC Applied Physical Sciences Department
UNC Carolina Performing Arts
UNC Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise
UNC Institute for Defense & Business
US Air Force
US Army
US Marines

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