Chad Carlos

Chad Carlos

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship,
Management, Department of

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W. Chad Carlos is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Brigham Young University. His research focuses on issues related to entrepreneurship and non-market strategy in contexts such as health care, sustainability, and university technology commercialization and has been published in top management journals including Administrative Science Quarterly and Organization Science. Professor Carlos has taught courses on entrepreneurship and innovation to students and executives in countries around the globe including the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and Latin America.

Professor Carlos earned his PhD in management and organizations from Cornell University. Prior to his academic career, he was a certified public accountant and a senior consultant with KPMG in their Silicon Valley office. In this capacity, he specialized in helping technology clients such as Google, Hitachi, Palm, and Cypress Semiconductor mitigate financial risk and improve operational performance.


  • Ph.D., Management & Organizations, Cornell University, 2013
  • Master of Science, , Cornell University, 2010
  • Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, , Brigham Young University, 2003
  • MAcc, Accounting, Brigham Young University, 2003

Selected Publications


    • Senior Consultant-Silicon Valley, KPMG 2002 - 2006


  • Outstanding Paper Award , Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability , 2016
  • Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship , Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • ONE Best Paper Award , Academy of Management Conference


  • Japanese


  • Evolving Social Movement Dynamics in Maturing Markets - Academy of Management - Academy of Management Conference - 2017
  • Strategic silence: The non-disclosure of certification status as a hypocrisy avoidance tactic - Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability - ARCS Annual Conference - 2016
  • From farms to fuel tanks: Differential effects of collective action on firm entry in the emergent U.S. Biodiesel Market - Stanford University, University of Southern California, University of Washington - West Coast Research Symposium - 2015
  • Substantive implementation with symbolic silence: The strategic publication of certification status - University of Colorado - Sustainability, Ethics, and Entrepreneurship Conference - 2015
  • Do organizations light a candle and hide it under a bushel? The strategic publication of certification status - Strategic Management Society - SMS Annual Conference - 2014