Weatherhead School of Management

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Weatherhead School of Management
Weatherhead School logo
TypePrivate business school
DeanManoj K. Malhotra[1]
Location, ,
AffiliationsCase 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. From its founding until 1988, the activities of the School of Business were divided among a number of buildings 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.

In 2002 the new Peter B. Lewis Building was completed to house the management school. It was designed by internationally known architect Frank Gehry. The School of Management has about 1600 students annually.


The main entrance of the Peter B. Lewis Building

The Weatherhead School of Management is housed in the Peter B. Lewis Building, located at the corner of Bellflower Road and Ford Drive. Designed by Frank Gehry and completed in 2002, the building has an area of approximately 150,000 square feet (14,000 m2) and stands five stories tall. It is named after Cleveland philanthropist Peter B. Lewis, who donated $36.9 million towards its construction.[2] The building's 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 more than 400 leading scholars and business leaders from 40 countries; another 600 participated virtually. The Center created new partners for the school, including Toyota, Coca-Cola, Novartis, Lafarge, Sherwin Williams, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and others.[3]

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.[4]
  • 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 rankings
Worldwide MBA
Financial Times[5]94
Bloomberg Businessweek[6]51
U.S. News & World Report[8]52
U.S. undergraduate
Bloomberg Businessweek[9]36
U.S. News & World Report[10]37
  • 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 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.

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.

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

The MPOD D 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.

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

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 16 months.

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

The Master of Science in Management-Healthcare (MSM-Healthcare) program is designed for working professionals. Attending class during the evening, students complete a 30-credit-hour program in six semesters with one summer semester 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 prepares for professional designation exams, such as the Chartered Financial Analysts, Certified Financial Planners, or the Financial Risk Management.[11]

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.[12]

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

The Doctor of Management is a 54-credit-hour, three-year lock-step program for people intending a business, rather an academic, career, and is based on the expectation that the practitioner-scholar will develop the ability to think critically about problems confronting an organization. The D.M. degree was pioneered at Case Western Reserve.

The PhD in Management prepares interdisciplinary scholar-practitioners for academic careers. 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, . The program is designed to take four years including dissertation.

PhD in Management - Designing Sustainable Systems[edit]

The Designing Sustainable Systems track is an extension of the Doctor in Management program. 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 consists of coursework in three areas and a dissertation. 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. The program is generally completed in four to five years.

Executive education[edit]

The Weatherhead School has offered executive education for over 30 years.[13] The Weatherhead Executive Education program offers expertise in emotional intelligence, organizational development, health care management, entrepreneurship, innovation, women’s leadership and social impact management.

Executive Doctor of Management (EDM)[edit]

The Executive Doctor of Management (EDM) Program comprises 54 credit hours organized into interdependent areas of study.[14] The program's classes are offered at one 4-day and five 2-day residencies each semester.

Faculty at the Weatherhead school also 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.[15] Their 'Manage By Designing' initiative helped launch the Weatherhead Collection and the rest of the school's much-praised rebranding effort[16] 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 widely known for his creation of the competency approach, for Competency and Emotional Intelligence.


May 2003 shooting and hostage crisis[edit]

On May 9, 2003, a gunman entered the school and went on a shooting spree, killing one student, Norman Wallace, and wounding a professor and a Ph.D. student. The suspect was later identified as 62-year-old Biswanath Halder, a 1999 alumnus and native of Calcutta, India. He held off police and SWAT officers for over seven hours, while approximately 100 people hid in offices and closets until they were rescued by police. Halder was ultimately apprehended by a SWAT team in a fifth floor classroom closet.[18] He was convicted on multiple counts and sentenced to life in prison. An appeal in 2008 was denied.[19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Peter B. Lewis Building". Case Western Reserve University. Retrieved February 17, 2015.
  3. ^ *Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit
  4. ^ Majors Overview : Weatherhead School of Management :: Case Western Reserve University
  5. ^ "Global MBA Ranking 2020". Financial Times. Retrieved January 27, 2020.
  6. ^ "Best B-Schools". Bloomberg Businessweek. November 8, 2018. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  7. ^ "The Best Business Schools". Forbes. 2019. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  8. ^ "2019 Best Business Schools Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  9. ^ "The Complete Ranking: Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2016". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  10. ^ "2019 Best Undergraduate Business Programs Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  11. ^ MS Finance : Weatherhead School of Management :: Case Western Reserve University
  12. ^ FT Global MBA Rankings
  13. ^ Weatherhead School of Management :: Case Western Reserve University
  14. ^ Program Content : Weatherhead School of Management :: Case Western Reserve University
  15. ^ BusinessWeek's Top 60 Design Thinking Schools in the World
  16. ^ Reddy for Action - Weatherhead Stays on Course
  17. ^
  18. ^ "One killed in US school shooting", BBC, 9 May 2003, accessed 8 October 2015
  19. ^ Rob Stafford, Transcript" "School shooting at Case Western Reserve University", Terror in the Afternoon, NBC: Dateline, 18 November 2006, accessed 8 October 2015

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