2015-16 General Bulletin

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Peter B. Lewis Building
Phone: Phone 216.368.2030

The Weatherhead School of Management has been widely recognized for its innovative approach to management education. Weatherhead develops leaders who innovate to create sustainable value and who are good global citizens. 

Weatherhead is home to six academic departments comprising 68 full-time faculty members and 83 full-time staff members. It offers programs at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels in the Peter B. Lewis Building and executive programming in the George S. Dively Building on the campus of Case Western Reserve University. Located within University Circle, a square mile of educational, scientific, medical and cultural institutions, Weatherhead counts among its neighbors the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Botanical Garden, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Cleveland Institute of Art, University Hospitals and the Cleveland Clinic. Weatherhead is a business school that attracts interest from every corner of the globe while maintaining roots in the Cleveland community.

Mission Statement

Developing transformational ideas and outstanding leaders for the advancement of business and society.


  • Weatherhead believes that management is a noble profession committed to the advancement of human life.
  • Weatherhead values its strong ethical foundation and strives to promote a culture rich in ideas and reflection.
  • Weatherhead is committed to increasing individual creative and critical capacities, nurturing new and expansive patterns of thought.
  • Weatherhead values research of enduring consequence and judges its significance by the impact it has on management thought, management action and public policy.
  • Weatherhead values learning that is active and collaborative. Students, faculty and staff together engage important management problems with an innovative, knowledge-creating approach.
  • Weatherhead is responsive to the needs of its students.
  • Weatherhead considers alumni its important partners and strives to add value to their personal and professional lives.
  • Weatherhead values partnerships with the business community and other organizations.
  • Weatherhead values meaningful service to society and strives for outcomes that influence and positively change the way people and organizations conduct themselves.
  • Weatherhead is a cohesive learning organization with an international outlook.
  • Weatherhead values diversity, characterized by open dialogue and mutual respect among individuals with different specializations, backgrounds, cultures and perspectives.
  • Weatherhead is results-oriented and judges contributions by actions taken and outcomes achieved.


Weatherhead is respected locally and globally for research of enduring consequence. The school is recognized for attracting and educating managers to design novel solutions to the most complex issues facing business and society. Weatherhead's learning environment is a hub of creative thinking, innovative teaching and trans-disciplinary research, filled with excitement and a strong sense of community.

Distinguishing Focus

It matters to the Weatherhead School of Management that its education and research efforts help people improve organizations and society. To that end, Weatherhead educates and develops managers of private and public, corporate and nonprofit institutions to combine rigorous analytic skills, design competence and a bias for action.

Weatherhead develops leaders who:

Innovate using design practices. Faculty, students and alumni contribute to our innovative endeavors through:

  • The first Design & Innovation Department in a management school
  • MBA courses including: Design in Management: Concept and Practices
  • Partnerships with university initiatives like think[box] and Blackstone Launchpad

Create sustainable value through intrapreneurship, entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship. We bring this to our community through:

Are good global citizens. The global mindset of Weatherhead's community is reflected in:

  • The school's adherence to the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) based on the United Nations Global Compact
  • The Global Forum
  • The Global MBA Program

Brief History

In 1952, Western Reserve University established the School of Business by combining the Cleveland College Division of Business Administration and the Graduate School Division of Business Administration, and from its founding until 1988, the activities of the School of Business were divided among a number of buildings both in downtown Cleveland and in University Circle. In 1967, the merger of Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University created Case Western Reserve University, and the Western Reserve University School of Business absorbed Case’s Division of Organizational Sciences to become the School of Management in 1970. Just six years later, the School of Management launched its full-time MBA.

It was in 1980 that the School of Management was renamed in honor of Albert J. Weatherhead III, a Cleveland businessman and industrialist who represented the fourth generation of his family to carry on the Weatherhead name and values, including cultural and educational leadership. By 1999, the Weatherhead School of Management had developed a strong identity, growing out of its space in Enterprise Hall and requiring new construction. Funded by the philanthropist and entrepreneur whose name it bears, the Peter B. Lewis building, designed by renowned contemporary architect Frank Gehry and completed in 2002, was the answer. Located across the street from the George S. Dively Building, which houses Weatherhead Executive Education programs, the Lewis Building, featuring Gehry’s unmistakable sculptural profile and gleaming stainless steel roof, both sets the school apart from its surroundings and, quite literally, reflects the prestigious neighborhood of the school. Gehry redefined the way a business school should look, just as Weatherhead redefines the way management education should take place. 


The programs of the Weatherhead School of Management have been fully accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International since 1958.


Robert E. Widing II, PhD
(Ohio State University)
Dean, Weatherhead School of Management; Albert J. Weatherhead III Professor of Management; Professor, Design & Innovation

Fred Collopy, PhD
(University of Pennsylvania)
Vice Dean; Professor, Design & Innovation

Laura Desmond, BA
(University of Michigan)
Associate Dean, External Relations

Denise Douglas, PhD
(University of Minnesota)
Associate Dean, Executive Education

Anurag Gupta, PhD
(New York University)
Associate Dean, Global Initiatives; Chair and Professor, Banking and Finance

Jennifer Johnson, MBA
(Case Western Reserve University)
Associate Dean, Undergraduate and Integrated Programs; Associate Professor, Design & Innovation

Kalle Lyytinen, PhD
(University of Jyvaskyla)
Associate Dean, Research; Iris S. Wolstein Professor of Management Design; Faculty Director, DM Program; Chair & Professor, Design & Innovation

Simon Peck, PhD
(University of Leeds)
Associate Dean, MBA Programs; Associate Professor, Design & Innovation

Department Chairs

Diana Bilimoria, PhD
(University of Michigan)
KeyBank Professor; Chair and Professor, Organizational Behavior

Robin Dubin, PhD
(Johns Hopkins University)
University Marshal; Chair and Professor, Economics

Anurag Gupta, PhD
(New York University)
Associate Dean, Global Initiatives; Chair and Professor, Banking and Finance

Kalle Lyytinen, PhD
(University of Jyvaskyla)
Associate Dean, Research; Iris S. Wolstein Professor of Management Design; Faculty Director, DM Program; Chair and Professor, Design & Innovation

Kamlesh Mathur, PhD
(Case Western Reserve University)
Chair and Professor, Operations

Mark Taylor, PhD, CPA
(University of Arizona)
Andrew D. Braden Professor of Accounting and Auditing; Chair and Professor, Accountancy