About Design & Innovation

Our PhD in management brings together the disciplines of information systems and marketing to prepare scholars for path-creating research on consequential issues faced by organizations and managers.

We encourage a cross-disciplinary approach to understanding and acting on the management challenge of creating value for customers, stakeholders and society. Because traditional boundaries between the economic and the social, between the public and the private, and between management disciplines are becoming blurred, economic elements that had been separate and autonomous are now interconnected and interdependent. As a result, the global market economy requires unrelenting innovations in designing better products, services, interactions and environments.

The guiding principles for PhD studies in the department of Design & Innovation are:

  • To develop scholars with the interdisciplinary theoretical grounding and methodological skills that enable path-creating research on important management problems
  • To prepare scholars and educators capable of holding academic positions in top universities and research institutions
  • To produce scholars with a reputation as risk-takers who are unafraid to embrace the unconventional and engage in exciting research that informs both disciplinary and interdisciplinary interests
  • To train graduates that value partnerships with practitioner-scholars who share their interests and engage in joint exploitation of research opportunities for publication in top scholarly journals

The department plans to recruit four students every year.



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Weatherhead School of Management
Case Western Reserve University

10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7235 USA

216.368.2030

weatherhead@case.edu