DBA/DM Program Features | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University

DBA/DM Program Features

Is This Program Right for Me?

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The purpose of the DBA/DM program is to develop thought leaders for the advancement of business and society. A Weatherhead DBA/DM student combines a disciplined approach to scholarship with a focus on compelling problems of practice.

Candidates conduct several rigorous studies during the program that introduce them to the theories, practices and techniques of evidence-based management. The DBA/DM experience is intended to equip graduates with the requisite skills to apply evidence-based management in their organizations, to apply research to practice, to engage and prepare for self-directed lifelong learning in management research, to continue research dissemination, and to cultivate a broad profile for scholarly teaching. In the summer of year two in the DBA/DM Program, DBA/DM students may apply to the PhD in Management: Designing Sustainable Systems program, thereby extending their coursework an additional year. This fourth year is dedicated to independent doctoral studies and research workshops that permit students to meet the requirements of a PhD in Management degree offered by the CWRU School of Graduate Studies. During both the DBA/DM and PhD programs students are required to prepare and submit their research papers to appropriate high-quality academic conferences for review and presentation. A core goal for both programs is for students to make original intellectual contributions while enrolled in the programs.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Am I intellectually curious?
  • Do I enjoy reading and expressing my own ideas in writing?
  • Do I get satisfaction from working with concepts and seeing patterns and relationships between ideas?
  • Do I believe that important organizational and social issues can be addressed through the development of knowledge?
  • Am I receptive to learning through systematic research, both qualitative and quantitative?
  • Do I have the motivation to conduct solid research and contribute to applied knowledge?
  • Can I contribute to a diverse community seeking to build concepts about how the world works?
  • Do I have the drive and time to complete a rigorous, three-year doctoral degree?

What is the value of participating in the DBA/DM program?

We are often asked what is the value of the DBA/DM program? What is the ROI on my investment? We offer below several testimonials of benefits as reported by our current students and alumni. Most of our alumni indicate that their study in the DBA/DM program has materially and directly impacted the way they work and think. Moreover, their ongoing research often informs their practice immediately. The research they do in the program often has often generated findings that they can use in their workplace to guide action. Many times it has resulted in IP that has been patented or trademarked or lead to new and different consulting engagements. Learning how to do research enables students to engage in new research applications in the workplace. Below are testimonials that have been collected over the years from students about the impact of the program on their work, career and management practices.

Benefit to Participants

Our DBA/DM offers experienced executives unparalleled benefits:

  • An understanding of managing organizations in the context of broad issues, such as culture and politics, technology and social system design and new approaches to problem solving
  • A transdisciplinary, integrative, global perspective on critical organizational and social issues
  • A unique approach to intellectual inquiry emphasizing the integration of theory and practice
  • The opportunity to define and conduct issue-oriented research allowing participants to customize their studies and to contribute to applied management knowledge
  • Intellectual development and personal growth as an individual, as an executive and as a contributor to the scholarly community and to society
  • A prestigious doctoral degree in management achieved through a rigorous, structured and comprehensive educational experience for the working professional

Value to Organizations

To compete effectively in today’s complex world, organizations require leaders who:

  • Engage in thinking and analysis based upon a global perspective and understanding of viewpoints held by diverse constituencies
  • Possess heightened issue identification and resolution skills to be applied in business management practice
  • Understand interdependencies between organizations and the societies in which they function
  • Maintain an active network of peers within and outside of an organization
  • Commit to the principles of lifelong learning and personal development in order to enhance their value to an organization

Weatherhead’s unique practitioner-scholar orientation will allow you to:

  • Conduct studies and projects on issues, problems and opportunities of significance to your organization
  • Test, evaluate and develop a more sophisticated understanding and assumptions about global trends that will affect your organization and community
  • Gain perspective on the worldwide challenges and opportunities that will impact the plans, strategies and policies guiding your organization in the long term