Weatherhead School of Management

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Weatherhead School of Management
Weatherhead School logo
Type Private business school
Dean Robert E. Widing II
Location Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Affiliations Case Western Reserve University

The Weatherhead School of Management is a private business school of Case Western Reserve University located in Cleveland, Ohio. Weatherhead offers programs concentrated in sustainability, design innovation, healthcare, organizational behavior, global entrepreneurship, and executive education.. The school is named for benefactor and Weatherchem owner Albert J.Weatherhead III, and its principal facility is the Peter B. Lewis Building.


In 1952, Western Reserve University established the School of Business by combining the Cleveland College Division of Business Administration and the Graduate School Division of Business Administration, and from its founding until 1988, the activities of the School of Business were divided among a number of buildings both in downtown Cleveland and in University Circle. In 1967, the merger of Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University created Case Western Reserve University, and the Western Reserve University School of Business absorbed Case’s Division of Organizational Sciences to become the School of Management in 1970. In 1976, the school launched its first full-time MBA. In 1980, the School of Management was renamed in honor of Albert J. Weatherhead, III, a Cleveland businessman and industrialist, following his $3 million gift to the school. In 1988, space on the Case Quad within what is now known as Nord Hall, then Enterprise Hall, was specially converted to house the growing Business Management program. This was made possible by funding from five leading Cleveland companies: Ohio Mattress, Nesco, Premier Industries, Parker Hannifin, and Keithley Industries.


A view of the roof of the Peter B. Lewis Building

The Weatherhead School of Management is named after the Cleveland philanthropist who donated $36.9 million towards its construction. Designed by Frank Gehry, the building has an area of approximately 150,000 square feet (14,000 m2) and stands at five stories tall.[1] The buildings decentralized design was chosen so that, “Faculty offices, classrooms and meeting areas are distributed on every floor to encourage informal interaction and complement the Weatherhead School’s learner-centered curricula.”

The Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit[edit]

The Center was launched on June 24, 2004—the same day that Weatherhead faculty and students facilitated the United Nations Leaders Summit with the UN Secretary General and 500 CEOs from many of the world’s largest corporations. Through research, education, and advanced projects with industry leaders and policy makers, the Center was created to advance extraordinary business and society innovation, helping to revolutionize the ways business will eradicate poverty, replenish and restore nature, and build foundations for peace through commerce.

Much of the Center’s effort in all three action domains – research, pedagogy, and outreach – were manifested in 2006 at the Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit convened by the Case Weatherhead School of Management, the Academy of Management and the United Nations Global Compact. The Forum attracted over 400 leading scholars and business leaders from 40 countries along with over 600 participating virtually. The Center created new partners for the school, including Toyota, Coca-Cola, Novartis, Lafarge, Sherwin Williams, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and others.[2]

Academic programs[edit]


Weatherhead offers traditional four-year programs in the following areas:

  • BS in Accounting - For students pursuing the BS in accounting, integrated study options enable attainment of a Master's of Accountancy degree in five years or less, satisfying the 150-hour requirement to sit for the CPA examination in most states.[3]
  • BS in Management (with majors in either Finance or Marketing)
  • BA in Economics

All students in the undergraduate program are able to pursue minors in accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, leadership, or marketing. Students pursuing a degree in engineering can partake in a specialized sequence offered by Weatherhead. Engineering students can pursue a minor in economics or management, and sequences in economics and management/entrepreneurship.


Business School Ranking
U.S. undergraduate business
Bloomberg Businessweek[4] 36
U.S. News & World Report[5] 37
Bloomberg Businessweek[6] 51
Forbes[7] 49
U.S. News & World Report[8] 52
Worldwide MBA
CNN Expansion[9] 55
Financial Times[10] 94
  • Full-time/Traditional: A traditional 2-year program with a variety of electives and experiential learning opportunities.
  • Global MBA: A full-time MBA program in which students study for a semester each in China, India, and the United States (Cleveland, Ohio).
  • Part-time: A 3-year program that offers the same challenging business concepts of the full-time MBA program. Designed to meet the time constraints of employed students.
  • Executive MBA: Participants in the EMBA program arrive with an average of 15 years of professional experience and aim to ascend to senior leadership roles.

The Leadership Assessment and Development (LEAD) course, is billed as one of the foundations of the Weatherhead MBA.[citation needed] This class encourages students to take an active role in developing the shape and direction of their MBA. Students are asked to analyze their career goals and lay out a strategy to accomplish their professional and personal objectives. Action Learning takes place in the second year of the full-time program. Classmates form consulting teams to assist major corporations in solving a timely management problem.

Dual Degrees:

In late 2008, Weatherhead consolidated many of its programs under two separate but interdisciplinary core initiatives.

Weatherhead’s joint degree programs offer a complementary education strategy to enable connections between the MBA program and a specific industry career concentration. Programs available include:

  • MBA/JD (Juris Doctorate)
  • MBA/MSSA (Master of Science in Social Administration)
  • MBA/MAcc (Master in Accounting)
  • MBA/MD (Medical Doctorate)
  • MBA/MIM (Master in International Management)
  • MBA/MSN (Master of Science in Nursing)
  • MBA/MPH (Master of Public Health)
  • MBA/MSM - Operations Research
  • MBA/MSM - Supply Chain Management
  • MBA/MGM (Master in Global Management)
  • MBA/MS-Medical Physiology
  • MBA/MS-Biochemistry

Dual Degree Collaboration:

  • MSM-Finance and Tongji MBA Dual-Degree Program

Specialty Masters[edit]

Master of Accountancy (MAcc)[edit]

The MAcc program at Weatherhead is designed for individuals who seek to obtain an advanced degree which builds upon the skills and knowledge acquired in an undergraduate degree in accountancy.

The MAcc program at Weatherhead features a 30-credit hour curriculum. The Weatherhead MAcc degree requirements satisfy the educational qualifications for an individual to sit for the CPA examination in the state of Ohio. A joint MAcc/MBA program is also available for students, which can be completed in two additional semesters, reducing the completion time of the added degree by about two semesters. Weatherhead recommends that a student complete the first semester of the MAcc before applying to the joint degree program.

Master of Science in Management – Operations Research and Supply Chain (MSM-OR/SC)[edit]

The 39-credit-hour MSM-OR/SC is a three-semester, full-time program beginning in the fall semester of each year. The MSM-OR/SC degree is designed for individuals with quantitative training who seek to obtain a position in operations management or a management position in manufacturing, service, or consulting firms that are part of sophisticated national or global supply chains. The MSM-OR/SC curriculum provides students with the fundamentals of business as well as depth and focus in the principles and concepts of operations and supply chain management. The MSM-OR/SC degree attracts individuals with a quantitative undergraduate degree who have an interest in gaining expertise in the field of operations research or supply chain management.

Master of Science in Positive Organization Development and Change (MPOD)[edit]

The Weatherhead MPOD degree is designed to enable professionals to "create a better world by developing human potential with strength-based methods of inquiry, design, and change management."[11] The MPOD is a 40-credit, 18-month program delivered in five, week-long residencies and one 10-day international study tour. The program's objectives are to build students' abilities in strategic-level change management and deepen their knowledge of leading-edge theory and practice in appreciative inquiry, strength-based human resource development, and positive organizational change research. The Master of Science in Positive Organization Development and Change (MPOD) is a relatively new program created and offered by the Department of Organizational Behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management.

Master of Science in Positive Organization Development & Change-India (MPOD-India)[edit]

The MPOD-India program recognizes that today’s leaders must embrace technology, globalization, accelerated change, distributed organizing and social entrepreneurship. Even in the day-to-day workplace, new elements are in play; success at a personal as well as an organizational level means balancing technical, relational and human factors. The MPOD-India is 36 credit hours delivered over five one-week residencies on the Xavier School of Management campus or in select major cities in India, and one two-week residency on the Case Western Reserve University campus in Cleveland, Ohio. This program can be completed in just 16 months.

Master of Science in Management-Healthcare (MSM-Healthcare)[edit]

The Master of Science in Management-Healthcare (MSM-Healthcare) prepares healthcare professionals and service providers to identify and design new systems that optimize behaviors and processes for positive change and sustainable value. The MSM-Healthcare is designed for working professionals. Attending class during the evening, students complete a 30-credit-hour program in six semesters with one summer semester completely dedicated to an independent project.

Master of Science in Management-Finance (MSM-Finance)[edit]

The Master of Science in Finance degree consists of a curriculum of 36 credit hours of work, including 12 credit hours each of foundation classes, core classes and electives. The program can be completed in 9,12,16, or 21 months., the program is designed to prepare students to take professional designation exams, such as the Chartered Financial Analysts, Certified Financial Planners, or the Financial Risk Management.[12]

PhD Programs[edit]

The Weatherhead School of Management offers PhD degrees in disciplines such as information systems and organizational behavior. In 2010, the Financial Times ranked the school's doctoral programs 13th in the world.[13]

Doctor of Management (DM) and PhD in Management[edit]

The Doctor of Management is a 54-credit-hour, three-year lock-step program and is based on the expectation that the practitioner-scholar will develop the ability to think critically about problems confronting an organization, a community, a nation, and the world. Through conceptually modeling these problems, assessing and modifying the assumptions underlying the models, testing assumptions empirically, and applying modes of thought drawn from many disciplines, students draw conclusions and propose solutions based on the results their models produce. The D.M. degree was pioneered at Case Western Reserve.

The PhD in Management prepares interdisciplinary scholar-practitioners for academic careers. Students develop the ability to approach problems of practice from multiple disciplinary angles and to produce sound evidence and theoretical frames to address those problems. Candidates may specialize in one of three areas: Accountancy, Designing Sustainable Systems and Design & Innovation.

PhD in Management - Accountancy[edit]

The PhD in Accountancy program is structured and a student study plan is developed to support quality research and effective teaching based upon knowledge and skill levels appropriate to a student's goals. Doctoral students work with faculty whose research investigates matters of importance to academics, practitioners, and policy makers, in order to influence practice and standard setting in both the private and public sectors. The program is designed to take four years including dissertation.

PhD in Management - Designing Sustainable Systems[edit]

The Designing Sustainable Systems track is designed for students who want to build on their DM research and is an extension of the Doctor in Management program. It allows for focused, rigorous and independent study that meets the requirements of the PhD in management at a major research university. This track represents a new model of doctoral education in management. It takes a broader, evidence-based approach to management issues. Research incorporates perspectives from new thinking about design, sustainability and complex systems as they relate to management in a global environment. Candidates are expected to be grounded in a disciplinary field as demonstrated by successfully passing a comprehensive examination.

PhD in Management - Design & Innovation[edit]

The PhD in management brings together the disciplines of information systems and marketing to prepare scholars for path-creating research on consequential issues faced by organizations and managers. The PhD program consists of coursework in three areas and a dissertation. Coursework in the following areas is required: general management research and methods, specialization research, and a minor area of study. There are two specializations within the Design & Innovation doctoral program: Marketing and Information Systems. The program generally takes four to five years to complete.

PhD in Organizational Behavior[edit]

Weatherhead's PhD in Organizational Behavior is designed for full-time, year-round engagement. Although some students may take shorter or longer to complete the program, it is generally completed in four to five years.

Executive education[edit]

The Weatherhead School has offered executive education for over 30 years.[14] The Weatherhead Executive Education program offers expertise in the areas of leadership development through emotional intelligence, organizational development through appreciate inquiry, health care management, entrepreneurship, innovation, women’s leadership and social impact management.

Executive Doctor of Management (EDM)[edit]

The Weatherhead Executive Doctor of Management (EDM) Program integrates concept and practice within the context of today's emerging and pressing global issues. The EDM is available to a small, select group of experienced executives who possess graduate degrees. The curriculum comprises 54 credit hours organized into interdependent areas of study.[15] EDM is an executive-type program with classes offered at one 4-day and five 2-day residencies each semester. The curriculum incorporates two types of courses: Integrative and Inquiry. The Integrative courses address substantive problems through reading relevant literature and course discussion. They seek to integrate ideas across the social sciences and to some degree the humanities to understand the focal problem or issue. The Inquiry courses are dedicated to helping students formulate the questions they want to examine in their individual research. These courses are designed to give students the methodological tools to conduct research in their areas of interest and provide faculty support in the design and execution of research projects.

Faculty at the Weatherhead school advise doctoral students in accounting, management, operations research, and organizational behavior. (Technically, degrees are conferred by the School of Graduate Studies at Case Western Reserve University.)



Prominent faculty include David Cooperrider, Fred Collopy, Dick Boland and Richard Buchanan. Boland and Collopy are widely published leaders in the emerging 'design thinking' trend. In addition to numerous articles, Collopy and Boland authored the book "Managing as Designing" about the experience of working with Frank Gehry and how this experience helped shape the design thinking trend. With the help of Richard Buchanan, The Weatherehad School of Management's lead role in the trend was recognized by BusinessWeek in September, 2009 as one of the top 30 Design Thinking programs in the world.[16] Their 'Manage By Designing' initiative helped launch the Weatherhead Collection and the rest of the school's much-praised rebranding effort[17] that is notable for having pioneered the use of high-design aesthetics instead of the traditionally conservative approach historically taken by business schools.

Professor Richard E. Boyatzis is an internationally renowned expert on organizational behavior. He is widely known for his creation of the competency approach, for Competency and Emotional Intelligence. His landmark research paved the way for the use of behavioral competencies by employers in the United States, the United Kingdom, and several other countries.


Edward C. Prescott, 2004 Nobel Laureate in Economics, received his MS in operations research in 1964.

Victor Ciorbea, former Prime Minister of Romania, specialized in management in 1992.

Subir Gokarn, Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India, received his Ph.D. in Economics in 1989.

Milton A. Wolf, former U.S. ambassador to Austria, earned his Ph.D. in Economics in 1993.

Donald E. Washkewicz, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Parker Hannifin Corporation, received an MBA in 1979. He is one of 25 Highest Paid CEOs with MBAs (Businessweek 2010).

David Daberko, former National City Corp. Chairman and CEO, received an MBA in 1970.

Robert W. Gillespie, Jr., former Chairman & CEO of Key Corp, received an MBA in 1968.

Mark Weinberger, Global Chairman & CEO of EY(Ernst & Young), received an MBA/JD in 1987.

John C. Dannemiller, former Chairman, CEO & President of Applied Industrial Technologies, received an MBA in 1964.

William G. Bares, former Chairman of Lubrizol Corporation, received an MBA in 1969.

Michael McCaskey, Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Bears, holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior in 1971.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Weatherhead School of Management :: Case Western Reserve University
  2. ^ *Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit
  3. ^ Majors Overview : Weatherhead School of Management :: Case Western Reserve University
  4. ^ "Business School Rankings and Profiles: Undergraduate". Bloomberg Businessweek. 2012. Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  5. ^ "Best Undergraduate Business Programs". U.S. News & World Report. 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  6. ^ "Business School Rankings and Profiles: MBA". Bloomberg Businessweek. 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  7. ^ "Business School Rankings and Profiles: MBA". Forbes. 2013. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  8. ^ "Best Business Schools". U.S. News & World Report. 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  9. ^ "Ranking:Los Mejores MBA en el mundo 2013". CNN Expansion. 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  10. ^ "Global MBA Rankings". Financial Times. 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  11. ^ Program Overview : Weatherhead School of Management :: Case Western Reserve University
  12. ^ MS Finance : Weatherhead School of Management :: Case Western Reserve University
  13. ^ FT Global MBA Rankings
  14. ^ Weatherhead School of Management :: Case Western Reserve University
  15. ^ PROGRAM CONTENT : Weatherhead School of Management :: Case Western Reserve University
  16. ^ BusinessWeek's Top 60 Design Thinking Schools in the World
  17. ^ Reddy for Action - Weatherhead Stays on Course

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