Academic Excellence with Proven Outcomes
The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)/Doctor of Management (DM) Program and the Ph.D. in Management: Designing Sustainable Systems programs at the Weatherhead School of Management offer a world-class practitioner-oriented doctorate education in management. Take your thinking and professional career to new heights at a highly distinguished research university and become a rigorous management scholar around relevant problems encountered as professionals.
See Immediate Impact
These programs prepare executives to create social, intellectual, and economic value for their organizations and society at large. Students obtain immediate value in the programs so they can apply research knowledge to their work within their first year while completing significant, high-quality research relevant to their organization.
A History Rooted in Excellence
The Weatherhead School of Management has been a strong innovator and advocate for practitioner-focused doctoral degrees. Launched in 1995, the Doctor of Management program is the world’s first of its kind with a three-year lockstep management doctoral program consisting of four on-campus and two virtual residencies per semester. The DBA program comes with the unique option to pursue a Ph.D. in Management: Designing Sustainable Systems program at Case Western Reserve University. If you are a working professional looking to achieve a rigorous doctoral degree in management through a research-focused, structured and comprehensive program, look no further.
Doctor of Management (DM)
Identify problem of practice
Understand & synthesize relevant literature
Complete conceptual paper
Initiate qualitative research project
Complete qualitative research paper
Develop theoretical model
Initiate quantitative research project
Complete quantitative research paper
Complete dissertation composed of qualitative and quantitative research projects
Integrate research projects into a dissertation
Ph.D. in Management, Sustainable Systems
Directed independent research
Attend Research Workshops
Is This Program Right for Me?
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 Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. in Management degree offered by the CWRU School of Graduate Studies. During both the DBA/DM and Ph.D. 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 impact 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 work 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.
The DBA/DM offers an extraordinary learning opportunity for senior professionals who seek to conduct a rigorous study on compelling issues of management practice and who want to advance principles of evidence-based management through acquired research skills. This transdisciplinary program integrates multiple theoretical frameworks and approaches, following a mixed-method approach, to reach an understanding of business and societal problems. During the three-year program, students learn to rigorously apply both qualitative and quantitative research methods in a theory-generating and -validating cycle, thus acquiring a rich set of techniques and models for bridging traditional research and real-world evidence to address issues in management.
The DBA/DM program aims for academic excellence. Students are required to prepare and submit their research papers to appropriate high-quality academic conferences for review and presentation. Typical venues for paper presentations are the yearly conferences of the Academy of Management, the Association for Information Systems, the Decision Sciences Institute, the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, and the American Marketing Association. The program has shown distinction in its research in that 70-80 percent of DBA/DM students make presentations at prestigious conferences and several have won awards for their papers and presentations.
The Weatherhead School of Management is seeking creative practitioner-scholars who desire to hone their critical and analytical thinking skills and to form a learning community that promotes participants’ intellectual development and adds to the knowledge and understanding of evidence-based management.
Hold a graduate or professional degree.
Have at least 15 years of work and leadership experience.
Are dedicated to creative leadership, continuing intellectual development, creating a collaborative learning experience, and enhancing their communities as well as their organizations.
Are committed to completing a rigorous three-year doctoral program requiring periodic residency sessions at the Weatherhead School and at least 30 hours of study per week.
Required Application Materials
The following materials will be required to complete your application:
Seven -- eight essays
Two letters of recommendation include:
The recommender's name, title, organization, and mailing address
The length of time the recommender has known the applicant
The recommender's role or capacity in their interaction with the applicant
The recommender's evaluation of the applicant's potential to be an active, involved, and successful participant in the DBA programYou will enter the names, relationships, and contact information of your recommenders in your application and they will then receive an email with a link to upload their letters.
Application fee of $100 (non-refundable)
Qualified applicants will be selected for a personal admission interview.