Weatherhead At A Glance | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University

Weatherhead At A Glance

Weatherhead Firsts

  • First graduate disciplines in organizational behavior and operations research
  • World's first PhDs in organizational behavior and operations research
  • First competency-based MBA program in U.S. for leadership and emotional intelligence
  • Nation's first doctoral program for practicing executives
  • First to explore design principles for management innovation
  • First business school to introduce leadership assessment in its MBA curriculum

Notable Accomplishments

  • Appreciative inquiry invented at Weatherhead by David Cooperrider, PhD, Fairmount Santrol - David L. Cooperrider Professor in Appreciative Inquiry
  • Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit founded in 2009
  • Department of Design & Innovation established through a merger of the Marketing and Policy Studies Department and the Information Systems Department in 2013



  • Full-time faculty: 68 (75% tenured/tenure-track, 25% non-tenured); 87% PhD, 31% women, 31% international
  • Full-time staff: 94
  • Students (undergraduate, graduate and doctoral): 1,472 (41% international)
  • Alumni: 19,000+


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  • 2015

    MSM-Business Analytics program launched

  • Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University partner to offer a healthcare executive MBA.

  • 2013

    The first department of its kind, the Department of Design & Innovation brought together the faculty from the former Marketing and Policy Studies and Information Systems departments.

  • 2009

    Chuck FowlerWith the timely and generous gift of Char and Chuck Fowler, Weatherhead introduced the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value (now the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit)—launching the business as an agent of world benefit initiative to a new level of priority, scale and scope as an interdisciplinary center of excellence.

  • 2004

    Managing as Designing

    Managing as Designing Fred Collopy and Richard J. Boland Jr. published Managing as Designing, exploring "the design attitude," a focus for analysis and decision making for managers that draws on examples of decision making and leadership in architecture, art and design.

  • 2002

    Designed by Frank Gehry, the Peter B. Lewis Building reflects the spirit of Weatherhead's innovative approach to business management.

  • Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit and World Inquiry Bank created

    In 2002 Weatherhead School of Management launched an initiative called the "world inquiry into business as an agent of world benefit" where faculty and students across the school established a data bank to discover and showcase profitable business innovation in the arena of environmental sustainability and social entrepreneurship.

  • 1999

    Emotional Competency Inventory (ECI) developed

    Tool developed by Richard Boyatzis and Daniel Goleman to provide a behavioral measure of Emotional and Social competencies in emotional intelligence.

  • 1995

    Doctor of Management program—the nation's first doctoral program for practicing executives—established

  • 1994

    George S. Dively Building, home of Weatherhead Executive Education, completed

  • 1988

    Enterprise Hall, Weatherhead’s first facility, completed

  • 1980

    School dedicated as the Weatherhead School of Management

    Case Western Reserve University's Board of Trustees passed a resolution to rename our institution in order to honor the Weatherhead family's leadership in business and industry.

  • Appreciative Inquiry developed

    Appreciative Inquiry is pioneered by David Cooperrider and Suresh Srivastva in the doctoral program in organizational behavior.

  • 1976

    Full-time MBA program established

  • 1970

    Department of Management created

  • 1967

    Federation of Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University formed Case Western Reserve University

  • 1964

    First PhDs in Organizational Behavior in the world awarded by Case Institute of Technology

  • 1959

    Case Institute of Technology’s Engineering Administration Department named Department of Management Science

  • 1957

    First PhD in operations research in the world awarded by Case Institute of Technology

  • 1953

    Cleveland College relocated to University Circle; Cleveland College School of Business officially recognized by Western Reserve University

  • 1939

    School of Business Administration established