Executive MBA Faculty and Teaching

Weatherhead’s internationally renowned faculty are known for their ability to integrate cutting-edge research with real-world business applications. Along with their expertise in traditional functional specialties, Weatherhead faculty have developed influential theories and techniques that have seen successful application across different contexts, cultures and continents. Today’s students of management owe concepts like emotional intelligence, appreciative inquiry, design practices in management, and sustainable value to Weatherhead thought leaders.

EMBA candidates will work closely with faculty and peers in case analyses, problem set discussions, experiential exercises, simulations, lectures, one-on-one discussions, and distance learning exercises. Tailored to the subject matter at hand and to the needs of each individual class, the diverse range of teaching and learning methods used ensures a challenging, engaging EMBA experience.

This is not a one-size-fits-all program. Weatherhead’s EMBA offers a unique, personalized approach to learning with a focus on self-awareness as the key to becoming an effective leader. Each participant is assigned an executive coach who will work to help him or her succeed academically and develop as a leader and as an individual.


Richard Boyatzis

H.R. Horvitz Professor in Family Business; Professor of Organizational Behavior
PhD, Harvard University

The market has recognized the need for emotionally intelligent leaders who can effectively use their business knowledge and technical skills. We have the only MBA program in the world that teaches these competencies with a proven track record.

Using his well-established Intentional Change Theory (ICT) and complexity theory, Richard Boyatzis, PhD, conducts ongoing research into the ways in which people and organizations engage in sustainable, desired change. His research findings predict how changes occur at different levels of human organization: team, community, country and world. His continued scholarly work has resulted in new and better measures of an individual’s emotional, social and cognitive intelligence, and has demonstrated the relationship between these abilities and performance. Boyatzis’ latest research techniques have broadened to include fMRI studies that establish neuro-endocrine arousal in a subject experiencing coaching and resonant leadership.


Fred Collopy

Vice Dean; Professor of Design & Innovation
PhD, University of Pennsylvania, the Wharton School

We recognize that great leadership flows from bringing the whole person into the boardroom. In this program, talented faculty and students blend analytic and design skills to create solutions to the hardest problems faced by organizations and society.

Fred Collopy, PhD, researches business forecasting, visualization, and the application of design ideas to management. He has designed systems for forecasting, desk management, and both abstract and accounting visualization. Collopy co-edited the influential 2004 book Managing as Designing, published by Stanford University Press. His research has been published in both academic and practitioner journals including Chief Executive and Interfaces, and he has been an expert contributor to Businessweek and Fast Company blogs dealing with innovation, design and management.


David Cooperrider

Fairmount Santrol - David L. Cooperrider Professor of Appreciative Inquiry; Professor of Organizational Behavior;
PhD, Case Western Reserve University

The next wave of appreciative inquiry sends the strength-based revolution into high gear, way beyond the talent management focus. Are you ready to reach beyond silos, make customers part of your team, and establish a positive culture that brings out the best in human beings and business performance? Introducing the ‘AI Summit’ method—it’s something a recent CEO study singles out as ‘the best large group method in the world today.’

David Cooperrider, PhD, is Fairmount Santrol Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Weatherhead and a pioneering thought leader of the appreciative inquiry (AI) method of whole-system design. His research focuses on how AI can be used to achieve sustainable, positive, strength-based change, and this body of knowledge informs his work as a professor of entrepreneurial studies. Cooperrider’s foundational AI work, 14 published books, dozens of articles, and a string of academic achievements have been covered by such well-known outlets as The New York Times, Forbes, NPR, Fast Company, Fortune, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, and BizEd.


Sayan Chatterjee

Professor of Design & Innovation
PhD, University of Michigan

Watching students identify the critical resources and activities that drive profits and deliver real value in the workplace is a huge source of gratification for me.

Sayan Chatterjee, PhD, is the author of Failsafe Strategies: Profit and Grow from Risks that Others Avoid, and has published widely in leading academic and practitioner journals. Chatterjee has extensive experience in customized executive education and consulting with large Fortune 500 and entrepreneurial companies. His work is used in the Harvard Business School strategy course and has been published in a volume along with works by Michael Porter. Chatterjee’s latest book, published in 2009, is The Keys to Successful Acquisition Programs.


Timothy Fogarty

Professor of Accountancy
PhD, The Pennsylvania State University; JD, State University of New York at Buffalo

A working knowledge of the legal environment might not make your company any money, but it will save your company money. In my opinion, that produces the same bottom-line impact. Although this program won’t turn you into a lawyer, it will give you the knowledge and confidence you need to deal with the legal issues that affect your organization.

Timothy Fogarty, PhD, CPA, has been an attorney for more than 25 years and a CPA for more than 20 years. He has published more than 100 articles on a wide variety of topics in both academic and practitioner journals, and is on the editorial boards of more than 20 journals. In addition to serving at the national level for the American Accounting Association, he is heavily involved with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and conducts research projects for the Financial Executives Research Foundation.


Ronald Fry

Professor of Organizational Behavior
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, A.P. Sloan School of Management

The core idea of Appreciative Inquiry is that questions are fateful . If you ask, ‘Where are the great leaders?’—you’ll find those examples. We’re finding examples every day, just because we’re asking different questions.

Ronald Fry, PhD, received his BS in engineering from UCLA and his MS and PhD from MIT before joining Weatherhead in 1978, and he has been honored with Case Western Reserve University’s Award for Outstanding Teacher in the Professional Schools and Weatherhead’s Distinguished Service Award. Fry was part of the group that originated the appreciative inquiry (AI) approach, and he continues to study the application of AI in a variety of organizations such as World Vision, Roadway Express, U.S. Navy, AkzoNobel, Swagelok, the City of Cleveland, and the City of Shaker Heights Schools. Fry and colleague David Cooperrider currently conduct the AI Certificate Program in Positive Change for Business and Society across the globe, including in the U.S., India, Brazil, Belgium, and Indonesia. Fry publishes widely on the topics of strength-based change, organizational transformation, high performing teams, and large system change processes. His most recent book, with Frank Barrett, is Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Approach to Developing Cooperative Capacity.


Melvin Smith

Associate Professor, Organizational Behavior; Faculty Director, Executive Education
PhD, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh

A unique aspect of our program is that we challenge students to decide what types of leaders they really want to be. We then support them in the development and execution of a personalized plan to achieve their leadership vision.

Melvin L. Smith, PhD, holds a BS in general management and accounting from Purdue University and an MBA in marketing from Clark-Atlanta University in addition to his doctorate. Smith’s work as a teacher, coach and researcher reveals the structure of employer–employee relationships and the crucial role that emotional intelligence plays in successful interactions. Other areas of study include the connection between social networks and organizational performance.