Weatherhead School of Management
Peter B. Lewis Building
N. Mohan Reddy, Dean and Albert J. Weatherhead, III Professor of Management
Since awarding the region’s first business degree in 1930, the Weatherhead School of Management’s spirit of innovation has been the driving force that has elevated the university’s management programs to national prominence. The Weatherhead School had the first PhD programs in Organizational Behavior and in Operations Research, was the first to create Appreciative Inquiry and use it as a strength-based approach to organizational development, social entrepreneurship and regional economic development, and was the first to spearhead the Manage by Designing movement, which fully incorporates design thinking, design skills, and design experiences into its MBA curriculum.
The School of Management at Case Western Reserve University was created in 1967 through the federation of Western Reserve University and Case Institute of Technology. In 1980, in recognition of the support and achievements of Cleveland’s entrepreneurial Weatherhead family, the school was named the Weatherhead School of Management.
Today, the Weatherhead School offers academic programs leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as certificate and executive education programs. Our students are an outstanding and diverse group, selected for their superb academic records, work experience and intellectual and personal attributes. This combination of excellence and diversity assures that the Weatherhead School will produce effective leaders for the regional, national and international business communities.
The programs of the Weatherhead School of Management have been fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International since 1958.
Developing transformational ideas and outstanding leaders for the advancement of business and society.
- We believe that management is a noble profession committed to the advancement of human life.
- We value our strong ethical foundation and strive to promote a culture rich in ideas and reflection. We are committed to increasing individual creative and critical capacities, nurturing new and expansive patterns of thought.
- We value research of enduring consequence and judge its significance by the impact it has on management thought, management action, and public policy.
- We value learning that is active and collaborative. Students, faculty and staff together engage important management problems with an innovative, knowledge-creating approach.
We are responsive to the needs of our students.
- We consider alumni our important partners and strive to add value to their personal and professional lives.
- We value partnerships with the business community and other organizations. We value meaningful service to society and strive for outcomes that influence and positively change the way people and organizations conduct themselves.
- We are a cohesive learning organization with an international outlook. We value diversity, characterized by open dialogue and mutual respect among individuals with different specializations, backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives.
- We are results-oriented and judge our contributions by actions taken and outcomes achieved.
The Weatherhead School is respected, locally and globally for research of enduring consequence. We are recognized for attracting and educating managers to design novel solutions to the most complex issues facing business and society. Our learning environment is a hub of creative thinking, innovative teaching, and trans-disciplinary research, filled with excitement and a strong sense of community.
It matters to us that our education and research efforts help people improve organizations and society. To that end, we educate and develop managers of private and public, corporate and non-profit institutions, to combine rigorous analytic skills, design competence and a bias for execution.
Two themes distinguish Weatherhead programs—Manage by Designing and Sustainability and World Betterment.
Specifically, our students and our work are known for:
- their use of disciplined methods to explore, frame and resolve complex problems and issues;
- an ability to use design techniques to generate alternatives that improve on familiar solutions in surprising and valuable ways; and
- awareness of the importance of taking into account entire systems when proposing new ways of doing things.
Effective execution requires leadership. Our learning environments are also known for:
- the change management skills that are required to effectively implement novel solutions;
attention to the value of designing solutions that are sustainable from economic, ecological and social points of view; and
- an ability to actively engage all relevant stakeholders in positive change.
Our distinguishing focus integrates and builds upon investments that we have made over the past decade that align with growing interests in organizations and society at large.
N. Mohan Reddy
Dean and Albert J. Weatherhead, III Professor of Management
Associate Dean of Executive Education
Associate Dean for Graduate and Professional Programs
Director of Finance and Administration
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Academic Administration
Associate Dean for External Relations