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Weatherhead School of Management receives $350,000 Cleveland Foundation Grant to establish Global Business Studies Institute

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Business is growing increasingly global, and Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management wants to make sure that its graduates, and the university and region of which it is a part, are prepared to compete in a global economy.

The Weatherhead School has received a $350,000, two-year grant from The Cleveland Foundation to help create a new Global Business Studies Institute. The Institute is designed to infuse a global perspective into all parts of the school's curriculum, and become a resource for the university and Northeast Ohio for the study of global issues. It plans to achieve these goals through activities such as hosting visiting scholars and post-doctoral fellows, convening conferences and workshops, and offering majors and minors and specialized degree and nondegree courses.

"We are extremely grateful to The Cleveland Foundation for this grant," said Myron Roomkin, dean and Albert J. Weatherhead, III Professor of Management. "The Global Business Studies Institute will add a vital new element to our curriculum, and this funding will enable us to establish a solid foundation for the Institute.

"A management school needs to recognize the consequences of globalization in its curriculum, teaching and external services," Roomkin added. "The Weatherhead School is prepared to recognize and embrace these trends and develop a core focus that prepares our students and faculty as leaders in global thinking, and helps us play a leadership role in the community."

Among specific tasks the Institute will undertake are:

  • Organizing the study of international business issues at the Weatherhead School
  • Acting as a leader for university-wide globalization initiatives
  • Establishing relationships between the Weatherhead School and international organizations to help further integrate Case students and the Northeast Ohio region into the global community.
  • Increasing the number of new faculty with experience in international studies and the global marketplace
  • Work with existing community organizations to help promote Cleveland and northern Ohio to foreign firms.

The Cleveland Foundation's funding will be used to pay the salary of the Institute's director as well as some start-up operations. A search for a full-time director is currently under way.

Roomkin said the Weatherhead School will seek additional outside funding for the Institute.


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