Carl S. Sloane

Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus

Carl Sloane is the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus at Harvard University, Graduate School of Business Administration. At Harvard, Professor Sloane's principal focus is on leadership of organizations undergoing significant change, whether it be strategic redirection, rapid expansion or organizational restructuring. He has taught the core MBA courses in Leadership and Organizational Behavior, General Management, and Human Resources Management, as well as the following Executive Education courses: The CEO Transition Workshop, Program for Manager Development, Managing Business Transformation, Leading Professional Services Firms, Age of Options, and Strategic Human Resources Management.

Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Sloane spent thirty years in management consulting, the last twenty with the firm he co-founded, Temple, Barker & Sloane, Inc., and its successor firm, Mercer Management Consulting, where he served as Chairman and Chief Executive. An advisor to industrial and commercial corporations in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia, Professor Sloane has focused his consulting activities in the areas of corporate strategic development and organizational effectiveness. He also has served as an advisor to the White House, other arms of government, and industry groups on issues involving business-government relations and policy formulation. During the period 1964 to 1968 he served as managing director of the European division of an international consulting firm and advised corporations such as Ciba-Geigy, ITT and Volkswagen.

In addition to teaching and consulting, he has served as a director of the American President Companies, Ltd., Brink's Home Security., Ionics, Inc., Leaseway Transportation Corp., MedSource Technologies, Inc., Moore McCormack Resources, Inc., The Pittston Co., Rayonier Inc., and Sapient Corporation, and on the advisory boards to the Center for Science and International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and Northwestern University's Transportation Center. He also has served on Harvard University's Committee on University Resources; as Vice Chairman of the Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center, a Harvard teaching hospital; and Chairman of the Harvard-Radcliffe Hillel Foundation.

Professor Sloane is an honors graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School. He resides with his wife Toby in Highland Beach, Florida. They have three married children and five grandchildren.

Cases and Teaching Materials

  1. Chattanooga Ice Cream Division,The

    Carl S. Sloane

    Senior functional officers (marketing, manufacturing, research & development, control, and human resources) clash over alternative ideas for turning around a business in decline. The general manager is faced not only with choosing between competing ideas, but also managing conflict and determining whether his consensus-oriented style is appropriate to the needs of the situation.

    Keywords: Management Style; Management Teams; Groups and Teams; Managerial Roles; Conflict Management; Decisions; Performance;


    Sloane, Carl S. "Chattanooga Ice Cream Division,The." Harvard Business School Case 498-001, July 1997. (Revised October 2003.) View Details
  2. Graffs, The (A)

    Carl S. Sloane and Gregory C. Rogers

    Examines dual-career issues and conflicts between spouses' career objectives, personal values, and life structures. It does so by a in-depth examination of the lives and careers of a professional couple (a successful entrepreneur and a lawyer), choice points in their individual and shared lives, and their adult development needs.

    Keywords: Work-Life Balance; Family and Family Relationships; Conflict Management;


    Sloane, Carl S., and Gregory C. Rogers. "Graffs, The (A)." Harvard Business School Case 498-002, July 1997. View Details
  3. Alan Stein

    Carl S. Sloane, Shoshana Zuboff and R.Keith Giarman

    Deals with issues of adult and career development at mid-life. Describes the career and personal history of an adult male, choice points in his life, and how he made critical career and personal choices. Focuses in on his decision to "retire" from Goldman, Sachs at an early age (46), make a transition into a state government role, and then make a transition back into an investment banking position with a different firm in a different and more self-fulfilling role.

    Keywords: Transition; Decision Choices and Conditions; Personal Development and Career; Retirement; Satisfaction;


    Sloane, Carl S., Shoshana Zuboff, and R.Keith Giarman. "Alan Stein." Harvard Business School Case 493-088, May 1993. View Details