Brainstorming notes on a white board

Why is the management field concerned about the relevancy of its research? The reason is twofold: much of the research conducted by academic scholars is not really helping managers solve their real-world problems; and managers who could benefit from organizational research are not aware of the research, unable to operationalize the research, or, quite frankly, do not understand the research.

So what to do? The solution has generally been framed as one of increasing collaboration between scholar and practitioner. But how is this done? Two types of suggestions from scholars have either been to increase the scholar’s exposure in the organization or to increase the manager’s awareness and appreciation of scholarly research. The idea behind both of these approaches is to infuse the rigor of scientific research with the relevance of the practitioner’s problem.

A third approach that has gained international momentum since the 1990s is the engaged scholarship approach: Managers and executives become scholars through entering and completing a doctoral program designed for them, using a practitioner problem as the basis for their research. This approach aims at improved organizational effectiveness by ensuring that empirical and theoretical knowledge is rigorously produced for a relevant problem (Erwee, 2004, Aram and Salipante 2003). Read more about engaged scholarship in this white paper.

Research Fellows

Case Western Reserve University DM and PhD alumni and faculty may be selected as Research Fellows (RF) to the EPS@Weatherhead community.

  • The designation is maintained for a period of three years once the person has successfully prepared a research proposal and has received approval from the program administrators within EPS@Weatherhead.
  • RF are required to be on the CWRU campus physically twice per year (including the DM reunion) to present academic research updates. A schedule of proposed research and academic activity is to be prepared every year in order to be shared with the research team.
  • RF receive an academic title and are afforded a connection to academic research through a real and virtual community. RF status also have exposure to research advisors, faculty and some research resources to facilitate continued research.
  • Other expectations for Research Fellows are:
    • Prepare and submit a formal research proposal
    • Form a research team and work within defined parameters
    • Present regular updates to various stakeholders
    • Publish and disseminate research findings
    • Maintain highest academic standards
    • Review DM student research work
    • Promote EPS@Weatherhead at conferences, in social media and in practice

The benefits of the Research Fellow program at EPS@Weatherhead are:

  • Access to faculty and administrators
  • Three-year research agenda
  • Access to some CWRU and DM program resources
  • Official and formal Research Fellow designation
  • Free access to all community events
  • Subscription to Engaged Management ReView

Review the Research Fellows selection process to learn how to become a Research Fellow.

Research Fellows pay a fee of $2,500 over a three-year period as follows: $1,000 in the first year and $750 for each of the following two years. Special considerations are available depending on the nature of the research work. Every year, EPS@Weatherhead is expected to welcome six to eight Research Fellows into the program. Candidates will be selected based on the merit of their formal research proposal. Should you be interested in becoming a Research Fellow, please contact us at