Weatherhead School of Management

Weatherhead School of Management
The entrance to the Peter B. Lewis Building

The Weatherhead School of Management is a private business school of Case Western Reserve University located in Cleveland, Ohio. Weatherhead is considered a top-tier business school, with its strongest programs concentrated in organizational behavior, nonprofit business, information systems, entrepreneurship, and executive education.[1] Weatherhead is the home to several award-winning academic journals[2] and publishes its own award-winning alumni outreach publication, The Weatherhead Collection. Weatherhead has also focused on the issues of sustainability and global development through the work of David Cooperrider at the Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit.

The hallmark facility of the Weatherhead School of Management is the Peter B. Lewis Building, 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.[3] 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.”


Weatherhead firsts

  • First Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior & Operations Research
  • First networked computer lab in the U.S.
  • First competency-based MBA program in U.S. for Emotional Intelligence
  • First Executive Doctor of Management (EDM) program in the nation
  • First to explore Manage by Designing
  • First business school to introduce leadership assessment in its MBA curriculum
  • First Health Systems Management Center in collaboration with a medical school
  • First to create Appreciative Inquiry
  • Founder of the Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit

Academic programs


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

  • BS in Accounting
  • BS in Management
  • BA in Economics

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.[4] All students in the undergraduate program are able to pursue minors in:

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Information Systems
  • 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.

The Weatherhead School of Management Undergraduate Program [1] was ranked 34th among U.S. undergraduate business programs by U.S. News & World Report in 2010 and was ranked 38th by BusinessWeek in 2010.[5]

2010 Bloomberg Businessweek's Specialty Ranking Results:

  • Financial Management: #1
  • Microeconomics: #6
  • Macroeconomics: #10
  • Calculus: #11
  • Accounting: #15
  • Sustainability: #17
  • Quantitative Methods: #22
A view of the roof of the Peter B. Lewis Building from the Ford Parking Garage


  • Full-time/Traditional: A traditional 2-year program with a variety of electives and experiential learning opportunities.
  • Full-time/Accelerated: An 11-month program for undergraduate business majors.
  • Part-time/Saturday: A 21-month program that combines face-to-face learning with technology-mediated classrooms.
  • Part-time/Evening: Designed to meet the time constraints of employed students.

The Leadership Assessment and Development (LEAD) course, is billed as one of the foundations of the Weatherhead MBA. 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.

In late 2008, Weatherhead consolidated many of its programs under two separate but interdisciplinary core initiatives. Manage by Designing and Sustainable Enterprise. By stressing the school's commitment to these emerging management trends, the MBA program is designed to build a core competency in the following areas: Leadership Assessment and Development, Financial Reporting and Control, Financial Management, Economics, Statistics and Decision-Modeling, Human Values in Organizations, Marketing, Operations Management, Information Design and Management, Strategic Issues and Applications, Action Learning. Students in the MBA program are also able to pursue concentrations in: Banking and Finance, Health Systems Management, Marketing, Nonprofit Management, Operations and Supply Chain Management, Organizational Development, and Strategic Management.[6]

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/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

Rankings and Distinctions

  • #3 Organizational Behavior Department (Financial Times, 2008 – Global)
  • #5 Finance (The Best US MBA Programs By Specialty 2010, Businessweek)
  • #8 General Management (The Best US MBA Programs By Specialty 2010, Businessweek)
  • #27 Return on Investment for Full-Time MBA (Businessweek, 2010 – US); # 41 for Global
  • Top 30 Design Thinking in Management School (Businessweek, 2009 – Global)
  • #48 Full-Time MBA (Financial Times, 2010 – U.S.)
  • #33 Full-Time MBA (Aspen Institute's Beyond Grey Pinstripes, 2009 – Global)
  • #49 Full-Time MBA (Forbes, 2011 - US)
  • #51 Full-Time MBA (Businessweek, 2010 – U.S.)
  • #52 Full-Time MBA (EIU, 2010 – North America)
  • #56 Full-Time MBA Program (CNN Expansion, 2010 - Global)
  • #14 Part-Time MBA Program (Businessweek, 2009 – U.S.)
  • #31 Part-Time MBA (U.S. News & World Report, 2010 – U.S.)
  • #21 Executive MBA Program (Businessweek, 2009 – Global)
Year Global Rank US rank
2010 80 48
2009 95 53
2008 100 57
2007 82 49
2006 63 40
2005 49 30



Master of Accountancy (MAcc)

The Weatherhead MAcc Program features a 36-credit hour curriculum. The MAcc program may be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis, beginning in any semester. Enrollment in the summer (June) or fall (August) is recommended by Weatherhead in order to facilitate appropriate sequencing of courses.[8] The degree requirements of the Master of Accountancy (MAcc) Program at the Weatherhead School of Management satisfy the educational qualifications for an individual to sit for the CPA examination in the state of Ohio. The MAcc also provides the opportunity to be admitted into a joint MAcc/MBA program. Generally, the joint degree can be completed in two additional semesters, reducing the completion time of the added degree by about two semesters. Weatherhead recommended that a student complete the first semester of the MAcc before applying to the joint degree program.

Master of Management & Engineering (MEM)

The Weaterhead MEM Program is a 42 credit hour program that only takes three semesters to complete. According to the school, Case Western Reserve University is the only university to offer a fully integrated academic program such as this.[9] Courses are taught by the Case School of Engineering and Weatherhead School of Management.

Master of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO)

The Master of Nonprofit Organizations degree consists of 60 credit hours of academic work taken over two years of full-time study, or approximately 48 months of part-time study. Part-time students may accelerate their progress depending upon the number of courses they take in any given semester. The MNO is based on a multidisciplinary curriculum consisting of four thematic areas: Nonprofit Purposes, Traditions, and Contexts; Analytic Thinking for Nonprofit Leaders; Generating and Managing Resources for Nonprofit Organizations; and Leading Nonprofit Organizations. Students take 33 hours of required courses, and 27 hours of elective courses.[10]

Master of Science in Finance

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 to 12 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.[11]

Master of Science in Management

The Weatherhead MSM program is a two-semester degree program is designed specifically for recent bachelor of arts or bachelor of science graduates with no prior business coursework.[12] After completing the program in which the entry-level business and management skills are taught, students may return to Weatherhead to complete their MBA.

Master of Science in Management - Operations Research (MSM-OR)

The MSM-OR program consists of 18 credit hours of operations research core material, 12 credit hours of speciality tracks, and 6 credit hours of business core classes. The program is designed to pair the disciplines of operations research and business.[13]

Master of Science in Management – Supply Chain (MSM-SC)

The MSM-SC program consists of 12 credit hours of business core classes and 24 credit hours of supply chain courses. The MSM-SC can be completed by full-time students in 12 to 16 months and by part-time students in 24 to 36 months.

MS in Positive Organizational Development and Change - MPOD

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."[14] The MPOD is a 40-credit, 19-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 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.[15]

Executive Doctor of Management (EDM)

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.[16] 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.)

A closeup of the tiles.

Executive education

The Weatherhead School has offered executive education for over 30 years.[17] 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.

Sustainable Enterprise - Prominent Faculty

Prominent faculty include David Cooperrider and David A. Kolb.

"Institute in Sustainable Value and Social Entrepreneurship" was rated by Forbes as one of the 10 Most Innovative Business School Courses in 2010.

Manage By Designing - Prominent Faculty

Prominent faculty include 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[18]. Their 'Manage By Designing' initiative helped launch the Weatherhead Collection and the rest of the school's much-praised rebranding effort[19] that is notable for having pioneered the use of high-design aesthetics instead of the traditionally conservative approach historically taken by business schools.

Organizational Behavior - Prominent Faculty

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.

Weatherhead's Organizational Behavior Department was ranked 1st (5 years in a row) during 2003-2007 and 3rd in 2008 in the world by Financial Times. The Department played a major role in defining the discipline by creating the field's first doctoral program in 1964. Today, Weatherhead continues to maintain the nation's largest PhD program in Organizational Behavior with alumni and students from around the world.

Notable alumni

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 Vithal 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.

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.

John B. Neff, former Managing Partner of Wellington Management Corporation, received an MBA in 1958.

Clayton Deutsch, CEO and president, Boston Private Financial Holdings, received an MBA.

Chuck Fowler, president, Fairmount Minerals, received an Executive MBA and donated US$7.5 million to set up a Center at the School.

See also


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