Dean's Message

Posted 11.6.07

Dear Alumni and Friends,

I hope that this latest edition of Weatherheadlines finds you well.

It is with great pride that I let you know that our own Dr. David Cooperrider is the winner of the External Impact Award of The Aspen Institute’s Center for Business Education. The award is part of the 2007 Faculty Pioneer Awards to be given November 16th. Dr. Cooperrider’s research in organizational development and change, advances in "business as an agent of world benefit" and his founding theory of Appreciative Inquiry are among the areas of his work being recognized through this honor.

Kudos are also due to Dr. Eric Bettinger whose research is being supported by a U.S. Program Education Initiative of the Bill & Melissa Gates Foundation grant in the amount of $1.2 million to Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Bettinger along with his colleagues, Bridget Terry Long at Harvard University and Phillip Oreopoulos at University of Toronto, will study the implementation of an H&R Block program that assists low- and middle-income families to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. In addition to the Gates Foundation, the Kauffman Foundation and National Science Foundation (NSF) have contributed substantial financial grants to the project.

And, I wanted to alert you to look at an story entitled “Are Women More Entrepreneurial than Men?” published October 2. The story is based on a study that Scott Shane did for the Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration with Erin Kepler, a former undergraduate student here who is now at NYU law school. It is significant that the research was done jointly by a faculty member and a student. The study grew out of Erin’s undergraduate thesis in economics, and recognizes that important things can grow out of undergraduate research.

I’m excited to tell you that I travelled recently to Tokyo, Japan where I met with many distinguished alumni and talented students interested in pursuing their business education. I really enjoyed our conversations, especially hearing the experiences of Weatherhead graduates, who shared how their education here prepared them to serve in global leadership capacities; some of them are very involved in sustainability management. I went together with Sonia Winner, associate dean for external relations, and Constance Kopec, director of alumni relations. Timothy Slager, Senior Professional Program Director, joined us and then he continued to several other cities on the route of the World MBA Tour. It is interesting to note that nearly 300 Case Western Reserve University alumni live in Japan, and nearly 200 of these are Weatherhead graduates. 

Our international travels also take us to New Delhi and Mumbai India at the end of this month, where we are initiating several new programs.  And, of course, we travel in the United States, too.  This year, we have already hosted alumni events in Cleveland, New York, Chicago and Boston and will soon be in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. 

Actually, the time from now until the turn of the year is filled with Weatherhead events.  I hope to see some of you at the dinner marking the 20th Anniversary of The Weatherhead 100 Awards on December 4, at the The David Bowers Economic Forecast Luncheon on December 14, or at another of the events listed on the Weatherhead calendar. And, we are hosting an informational open house on November 17. Please join us yourself if you have an interest in more learning, or suggest it to someone you know who might have such an interest.

Meanwhile the faculty and staff are busy working on several projects aimed at heightening the school’s reputation.  We will be offering enhanced versions of our Executive MBA and Executive Doctorate of Management programs for the fall of 2008.  In addition, the full-time MBA program will undergo revisions, building substantially on our strengths here at the Weatherhead School.  Our goals for the full-time MBA program, very simply put, are:  more rigor and integration, greater relevance, and an increased emphasis on communication and team work.


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