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Matt Gymer: Innovating the Future of Healthcare

October 30, 2010 ·

Dr. Gymer is building cross-disciplinary labs where a variety of diverse health care stakeholders can convene and explore patient care and innovation... his DM training have enabled him to tackle such a complex endeavor: “It is more than just an educational experience, it changes the way you view the world, and the way you compose your professional and personal life. You learn the value of ‘reframing’ problems... The quantitative and qualitative skills and tools that we learn are invaluable to problem solving in a rapidly changing global economy.... It really works. As a practitioner and leader, bringing scholarly rigor to transformation activities is a competitive advantage as we design a sustainable innovation practice.”

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Tags: DM Profiles

Getting Situated: Thoughts after the 3rd Residency Session

October 25, 2010 ·

The comedian, Steven Colbert, has a segment on his comedy show called “Word of the Day.” I would like to talk about a few words that came up this session that really had an impact for me.

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Tags: DM Reflections

Why do DM Students Pursue a Doctorate? [Part 1 of DM Alumni Study]

October 13, 2010 ·

...why did you decide to pursue a doctorate at this point in your life? ... “I had a question that was making me itch and had to find a way to scratch it. I wanted to give structure and language to the process of generating answers to my questions”

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Tags: DM Reflections · Faculty Perspectives

Baptism by Fire: Reflections of a DM Presenter at AoM

September 13, 2010 ·

"Your dependent variables make no sense," he said.  

"Excuse me?" I asked, pivoting to look at the older gentleman who challenged the model I had just drawn on a makeshift board. Knowing that I couldn't count on a whiteboard or a projector, I had hand-carried to Montreal large sheets from a Post-it Easel Pad, together with colored markers, so that I could draw my model as I described my work and bring it to life.  

"Your dependent variables are arbitrary.  They represent accounting concepts and aren't very good measures of performance."  He spoke with firmness and certainty, with the confidence of someone who had no doubt of the veracity of his perspective.

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Residency 2 - The Train Has Left the Station

September 11, 2010 ·

At the close of my second residency as a student in the Doctorate of Management program, just three weeks since the first, I barely see the person I was then. The train has left the station. Bon voyage, I say to myself!

So what is different? For one, my language is changing. Now, I can see what a theory looks like and understand its value. A simple statement perhaps yet now I know how to find them. They are gold.

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Thomas Garvey, DM Class of 2000, named Director at Baldwin-Wallace College

September 08, 2010 ·

A press release was sent out on September 3, 2010 regarding Tom Garvey's new position at Baldwin-Wallace College.  Tom is an alumnus of the DM Program, Class of 2000.  His research in the DM Program focused on issues around parental choice of elementary schools within the Cleveland Catholic Diocese and how those choices affect the financial policies of diocesan schools.

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Tags: DM Profiles

Eric Woychik Finds Enron’s Trading Practices Result from too Much Market Certainty

August 31, 2010 ·

According to the classic view of market competition, if all participants in the market had perfect information, prices would naturally be forced downward by those market participants. However, Enron traders and their ilk had virtually perfect information about their market and about the actions of other traders.  The result was collusion, gaming, and artificially inflated market prices... In an extraordinary example of practitioner scholarship, Eric Woychik (DM 2006) drew upon the work of Nobel Laureate Robert Aumann in his analysis of Enron's trading practices...

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Tags: DM Profiles · DM Research

First Residency Reflections of a First Year DM Student

August 21, 2010 ·

 I have begun the journey to earn a Doctorate of Management at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management and have just completed my first residency in Cleveland, Ohio.  It is difficult to find the words to express myself. If I were a poet I would be able to convey the range and intensity of my observations and feelings. Because I am not a poet I need to borrow a metaphor to convey what I feel.

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Kalle Lyytinen enthusiastic about DM presentations at AoM 2010

August 11, 2010 ·

 I just returned from the 2010 Academy of Management (AoM) Annual Meeting in Montreal, Canada. The Weatherhead School of Management's Doctor of Management (DM) alumni and students overall had 17 paper presentations and won 3 best paper awards in three different divisions. Their presentations were well received and deemed both rigorous and relevant--demonstrating that students of the DM Program span the boundaries of practice and academia and engage in management-related practitioner scholarship that is theory driven, uses  rigorous and credible research methods, and is at the same time well anchored to the problems and realities of management.  One of the best and most rewarding experiences for DM faculty who attended the meeting was the pride, confidence and enthusiasm that our students showed when they interacted with other management scholars and participated eagerly in the debates in symposia, paper sessions and design workshops at AoM.

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Tags: Faculty Perspectives

Karie Willyerd’s Book on How Millenials are Transforming the Workplace

July 27, 2010 ·

By 2014, according to Karie Willyerd (DM 2003), 47% of workforce will be comprised of "millenials" (those people born after 1979) and their presence will dramatically revolutionize the workplace... Those organizations that understand this shift will prosper, and Dr. Willyerd (with her co-author Jeanne Meister) detail many of the ways that globalization, changes in demographics, and the explosion of social media are transforming the workplace in their new book : The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop, and Keep Tomorrow's Employees Today...

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Tags: DM Profiles · DM Research