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Posted 10.14.05

In early October, 2005, the Executive Doctor of Management (EDM) Program launched two new initiatives. One is the formation of research affinity groups around topics pursued by students and faculty in the Program. Meetings are held four times each semester in conjunction with the EDM residencies in order to form a research community that involves faculty and students in other programs at Weatherhead or in other parts of the University.

Several research topic areas have been identified. At the recent residency on October 6-8, seminars were on Collaboration, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Social Change Management. At the October 27-29 residency, the seminar topics will be Healthcare Management, Governance and Ethics, Information and Organization, and Markets and Government.

A goal of the meetings is to create a platform of knowledge about relevant models and theory with the people that use and apply the knowledge and theory. After meeting with his leadership affinity group, Schalon Newton, EDM ’06, pharmaceutical executive, Irvine, California, remarked, “I have found that every time I have discussed my research I benefit from the process of articulating the concepts and expected outcomes of the project. It is also valuable to subject your project to the challenge of others who have similar interests and practitioner perspectives.”

Faculty and Ph.D. students interested in participating in any of these groups should contact Sue Nartker (san2@case.edu) for further information.

The second initiative is a new EDM Speaker Series. Twice a semester a Weatherhead faculty member is invited to give a luncheon presentation of his or her research or information about other Weatherhead programs such as the Schools within a School. On October 7, Leonard Lynn, Professor of Management Policy and Chair of the Department of Marketing and Policy Studies, talked about his current research and his new role as Interim Director of the Global Business Studies Institute. His presentation was entitled, “The New Globalization of Engineering and the New Globalization of Weatherhead.”

Kevin Roots, EDM 2008, Director of Network Centric Capabilities, Lockheed Martin Corporation, in Arlington, Virginia, commented, “Professor Lynn's presentation on globalization was provocative. The insights we gained from his research add a valuable dimension to our education and to how we see the world as global citizens.

David Cooperrider, Professor and Chair, Organizational Behavior and Director of the University Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit (BAWB), will be the featured speaker at the EDM Speaker Series on November 18. He will discuss his current research and BAWB activities.

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