Dean's Monthly Message

Dean's Monthly Message

Posted 1.20.06

Last month, I concluded my note by indicating that all of us at Case are working together toward the important goal of creating the world’s most powerful learning environment. This is especially evident in our university-wide focus on globalization studies.

At Case, we recognize that global initiatives play an ever-increasing role in the local, regional and national economy. Markets are broadening and new opportunities for international business are becoming available in the U.S. and abroad. As a premier management school, Weatherhead is committed to preparing our students in all of our programs to thrive in the global economy. As such, we are also dedicated to preparing our faculty to respond to the changing needs of our future business leaders by providing them with opportunities to incorporate globalization into the classroom.

In the coming months, we will announce our plans surrounding the Global Business Studies Institute (GBSI), a newly created “school within the School” that supports research, teaching and service related to the global political, social, legal and economic environments of business. It will focus on how business fits into the system of international relations. A three-year grant has recently been received from the Cleveland Foundation in the amount of $350,000 to design a globalized Weatherhead School through the Institute. This means finding ways to “drive” into the corners of the organization and its activities a greater consciousness about global issues and thinking.

GBSI will become an action center for various virtual networks, including not only Weatherhead and Case, but also networks that span the region, the U.S. and beyond. It will provide support for global research themes, be a community forum for the dissemination of information, and be a center of education on globalization.

Weatherhead students and faculty are already regularly engaged in world-wide initiatives that link our work and our people to organizations around the globe. A few of these include:

  • International student trips: This year, MBA students have the opportunity to participate in International Institutes in South Africa, France and Central and Eastern Europe. During these unique experiences, students study critical issues within the country or region and have the chance to meet and learn from educational, social, industrial, financial, and government leaders in the region.
  • Executive Education global clients: We have recently secured two new leadership programs abroad – one in England and the other in Scotland. Programs will commence this year.

  • ESADE students at Weatherhead: For the third year in a row, Weatherhead will host Executive MBA students from ESADE, one of the top European and Global centers of management education. For a week each summer, ESADE students come to Cleveland to experience an intense seminar in Emotional Intelligence.

  • Membership in the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD): This fall, Weatherhead was granted membership to EFMD, a prestigious international organization located in Brussels. With more than 500 member organizations from academia, business, public service and consultancy in 65 countries, EFMD provides a unique forum for information, research, networking and debate on innovation and best practice in management development.

  • Published international research: In the winter 2006 of Issues in Science & Technology, Weatherhead professor in management policy Leonard Lynn, along with Hal Salzman, published an article entitled “Collaborative advantage” and in it they state, “The days of U.S. technological domination are over. The nation must learn to thrive through working with others.” Also, in October 2005, Weatherhead information systems faculty Youngjin Yoo and Kalle Lyytinen, along with Weatherhead Alumnus Heedong Yang, published “The role of standards in innovation and diffusion of broadband mobile services: The case of South Korea" in the Journal of Strategic Information Systems.

I look forward to sharing news about our work surrounding global studies and how this important and critical venture will impact the School. Please watch our website and forthcoming communications for additional information.

As always, please contact me if you would like to discuss this letter or to talk about Weatherhead in general. I can be reached at 216.368.1156 or via email at

With my best personal regards,

Myron Roomkin

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