Dean's Monthly Message
Posted 11.18.05Read the Dean's message for November.
Day in and day out, it seems that we are bombarded with a “best of” list of some kind or other. When you type “best of” into an internet search engine, you’ll find more then 1.7 million sites! Best Hospital in the United States. Best City to Raise a Family. New York Times Bestseller List. “Best Bites” in Cleveland. Best-Of-Web.com.
And, yes, Best Business School. Organizations from BusinessWeek to U.S. News & World Report to Financial Times and The Economist are all in the business of ranking higher education institutions. I am extremely proud to report on some recent rankings of the Weatherhead School:
- #1 Organizational Behavior Department in the world
(Financial Times, 2003, 2004 and 2005)
- #3 Most Innovative MBA Team in the world
(Thunderbird Global Innovation Challenge®, 2005)
- #9 Executive MBA Program in the United States; #21 in the world (Financial Times, 2005)
- #9 Nonprofit Program in the world
(US News & World Report, 2005)
- #18 in the world for Breadth of Alumni Network
- #23 in the world for Faculty Quality
- #23 in the world for Social Responsibility and Sustainability Education in the MBA Program
(Beyond Grey Pinstripes, 2005)
- #30 Undergraduate Business Program in the world
(US News & World Report, 2005)
- #30 MBA Program in the United States
(Financial Times, 2005)
These rankings reflect the high quality of our students, alumni, faculty and staff. Working with Weatherhead and Case staff and faculty, my goal for the upcoming years is to stay focused on four strategic priorities: innovation and entrepreneurship, business as an agent of world benefit, health systems management and global business studies while working to continuously improve the core disciplines of management in all our programs.
We remain committed to our mission of “developing transformational ideas and outstanding leaders for the advancement of business and society.”
Weatherhead is busy as usual. Some highlights include:
- On November 20, Weatherhead’s team of four MBA students placed third in the Thunderbird Global Innovation Challenge out of 321 teams from 83 business schools around the world. They were given the opportunity to help solve a real-world business challenge from one of the organization’s corporate sponsors. We’re very proud of our students: Esben Lund-Hansen, Heidi Mullett Carrion, Elliot Reed and Jannick Thomsen.
- In response to demand, Dr. Richard Boyatzis will be presenting Resonant Leadership: Creating Sustainable Leaders through Mindfulness, Hope and Compassion on December 5. Previous events have sold out so if you’re interested in attending, make reservations soon!
- In keeping with the Weatherhead’s tagline, "Bold Ideas. Lasting Impact," the first Bold Thinkers event of the academic year will be held on November 30th. Presented by Calfee, Halter and Griswold, LLP, the event will feature John Nottingham and John Spirk are the co-founders and co-presidents of Nottingham-Spirk Design Associates.
- Weatherhead Professor Sam Thomas will present his outlook on the financial markets in 2006 at the 32nd Annual David A. Bowers Economic Forecast Luncheon on December 9. I encourage you to join me at this always exciting event.
As always, please contact me if you would like to discuss any issues in this letter or to talk about Weatherhead in general. Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving.
With my best personal regards,
Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University cultivates creativity, innovation, and purpose-driven leadership to design a better world.