Carole Carlson

Professor of the Practice

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Office: Irving Schneider and Family Building (Heller School) 203
Phone: 68361
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Social entrepreneurship; strategy; organizational effectiveness; consultative skills; impact optimization for mission-driven organizations


  • HS 228a - Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • HS 232a - Team Consulting Project Workshop
  • HS 234f - Global Social Entrepreneurship
  • HS 252b - Strategic Management
  • HS 343f - Health Care Entrepreneurship
  • HS 452b - Strategic Management
  • HS 489b - Executive Team Consulting Project
  • HS 801g - Proseminar


  • Harvard University, Business School
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Carole Carlson

Professor of the Practice


Carole Carlson is a Senior Lecturer at Brandeis University and Director of the Heller MBA Program. In addition to directing the program, she designed and teaches courses in Strategic Management, Social Entrepreneurship, and Team Consulting as well as executive courses in strategy and entrepreneurship.

She also teaches and coaches executives, including contributing as a faculty member in Brandeis’ blended learning Executive MBA for practicing physicians. Carole is co-Chair of the Heller Committee on teaching excellence and a leader in developing and implementing effective teaching practices. She is a past Davis Teaching and Learning Fellow, and in 2019 was selected to receive both the Heller teaching award, the Executive MBA Teaching award at Brandeis and a teaching excellence award from Tufts University.

Prior to teaching at Brandeis, Carole was a Principal with the Parthenon Group where she advised the leadership teams of Fortune 500 organizations in multiple sectors to help them develop and implement winning strategies.

She is the author of numerous publications in the areas of entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship and multiple published case studies. In her spare time she mentors young entrepreneurs, many of whom are Heller MBAs, to help them grow their organizations.

Awards and Honors

  • Recipient of Provost's Teaching Innovation Grant (2021)
  • MD-MBA Citation for Excellence in Teaching (2019)
  • Outstanding Teaching in the Executive MBA Program (2019)
  • Whiting Fellowship (2019)
  • Davis Fellow (Teaching and Learning Fellowship) (2014)
  • Heller Teaching Award (2013)
  • ECCH Case Award Winner - Economics, Politics and Business Environment Category (2012)
  • Harvard Business School, Baker Scholar (1998)


  • Carlson, Carole. Social Entrepreneurship. Sage Publications: 2021. (forthcoming)
  • Carlson, Carole. "XPRIZE - Innovating to Address Global Challenges." Sage or SICC (2021).
  • Carlson, Carole and Christopher A. Bartlett;. "Forbidden City: Launching a New Craft Beer in China.." Case, Harvard Business Publishing (2020).