Overview of Principles at Weatherhead | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University

Overview of Principles at Weatherhead

Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University is the home of many of the business concepts taught and practiced around the world. The following is a brief overview of some of these principles embraced across the curriculum at the Weatherhead School of Management:

Appreciative Inquiry
Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a revolutionary approach to strategic change and sustainable growth for organizations. Developed by Weatherhead faculty members David Cooperrider, PhD and Ronald Fry, PhD, AI is practiced around the world to transform organizations, expand leadership vision, set strategy, and enhance the power of teams.
Digital Innovation
Digital innovation is an effort to re-imagine familiar products and services using unique capabilities of digital technology. It focuses on creating radically different user experiences and new business models that were not previously possible. Unlike previous IT innovations that aimed at improving the performance of organizations in existing forms, digital innovation often aims at designing new forms that previously did not exist.
Emotional Intelligence
Exceptional leaders, executives, and managers rely on their emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand, motivate, and develop yourself and others. Researched and developed by Richard Boyatzis, PhD, emotional intelligence competencies are incorporated throughout the programs at Weatherhead.
Flourishing Enterprise
Flourishing Enterprise casts the vision that the primary aim of business should be to create well-being, happiness and wholeness. This concept reaches beyond sustainable value to the idea that businesses can be agents of world benefit. Flourishing enterprise argues that companies that do good in the world also do better financially, and that one does not have to sacrifice mission for profit, and vice versa.
Healthcare Management
Weatherhead’s faculty members are at the forefront of innovation and leadership in healthcare management. With a network of some of the best hospitals and healthcare organizations in the nation steps away from our front door, you will build the relationships and expertise necessary to lead the way to positive change within the evolving world of healthcare.
Intentional Change Theory
Intentional Change Theory, developed by Richard Boyatzis, PhD, outlines five common-sense steps that need to be followed if an individual wants to make a lasting change within one’s self. These five steps are:
  1. Discover your ideal self
  2. Discover your real self
  3. Create your learning agenda
  4. Experiment with and practice new habits
  5. Get support
Manage by Designing
Great managers are also designers—of processes, projects, strategies and systems. Using principles of managing by design, managers are equipped with the latest concepts and tools for flexible, innovating thinking. Manage by Designing was pioneered by Fred Collopy, PhD, and Richard Boland, PhD, to use principles of design in business management.
Social Entrepreneurship
Social Entrepreneurship identifies areas of opportunity for the ambitious entrepreneur to invest and build a business that will contribute to the welfare of society while also being a profitable venture. Weatherhead and Case Western Reserve offer abundant resources for the aspiring entrepreneur to design and execute their new business venture.
Sustainable Value
Sustainable Value is defined by Professor of Organizational Behavior, Chris Laszlo, PhD, as a dynamic state that occurs when a company creates ongoing value for its shareholders and stakeholders. By ‘doing good’ for society and the environment, the company does even better for its customers and shareholders than it otherwise would.
Women in Leadership
Under the direction of Diana Bilimoria, PhD, Weatherhead provides exceptional support for cultivating personal strengths, building networks, and overcoming barriers. Leaders and women aspiring to leadership positions will discover here the understanding, advice, and development opportunity they need to achieve their career potential, make significant contributions to their organizations, and maximize work-life balance.