October 28, 2016

How is Innovation Playing a Role in Business?

The usage of the word "innovation" in our modern lexicon is at an all-time high, leading one list of the 20 most used business buzzwords with over six million references in international online media in 2015. 

Wired called "Innovation" the most important and overused word in America. Weatherhead even has a department of design and innovation. Clearly innovation matters to the world, but how does it matter for you and for the world of business?

Innovation Nation

Weatherhead School of Management's beyond magazine reported on last year's Innovation Summit hosted at Case Western Reserve University to discover the direction innovation is taking in the United States and to garner tidbits of wisdom from the leading innovators in the fields of technology, medicine, manufacturing, academia and more.

Read more at "Innovation Nation."

The Problem with Innovation

Youngjin Yoo, PhD, Elizabeth M. and William C. Treuhaft Professor of Entrepreneurship and professor of information systems in the Department of Design & Innovation, examined the role that design needs to play in our efforts to build that innovation nation in his column, "The Problem with Innovation":

"Innovation cannot and should not be reserved for the few victorious ones in our society. It should be viewed as an opportunity for everyone. In fact, those who suffer the most have the most to offer. They are the ones who see and experience the challenges in our society." - Youngjin Yoo

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October 21, 2016

Weatherhead students visit the Crescent City: National Black MBA Association Conference held in New Orleans

Last week Weatherhead students attended the National Black MBA Association Conference in New Orleans. Namrata Nagdev, first year full-time MBA student, shared her thoughts on the conference. 

My experience at the career fair was excellent. It was very intimidating at first glance but I warmed up to the new atmosphere and got a chance to talk to many employers. I learned not only from my mistakes but also from students from other colleges.

I had the chance to connect with employers from various industries and I learned about the company work culture and their job experiences, and was able to connect with some of them on LinkedIn. Since the employers have already met us in person, they're open to connecting with us even after the career fair is over. Some employers were kind enough to give us their feedback so that we can work on our pitch, research and gain a better understanding of the field we are interested in.

I recommend that every first year student attend national career fairs so that they are able to build connections very early in their MBA journey and be better prepared when they look for a full-time offer.

As Namrata recommends, national career fairs are a great place to start your career search and begin networking in your field. The National Black MBA Association Conference is once a year. Save the date; next year it will be in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 26-30, 2017. 

Every year a few students land interviews through attending a national conference such as NBMBA. Remember to brush up on your interviewing skills before attending a conference. 

Weatherhead's intranet resources are a great place to review interviewing material including:
How to Prepare for a Behavioral Interview
List of Behavioral Interview Questions
Telephone Interview Tips

It is never too early to start your career search! Please stop into the Career Management Office and set up an appointment for a mock interview or career strategy. We can be reached at 216.368.3662 or wsom-cmo@case.edu.

October 7, 2016

Welcome to Fall, Weatherhead!

The following blog post is brought to you by Alexis Hayman, director of Weatherhead's Office of Student Experience (STEX). STEX is here to assist students with finding opportunities for experiences outside of the classroom that will complement the holistic learning environment of Weatherhead. Learn more.

Northeast Ohio has so much to offer every season, and fall is no exception. First, did you know that our area has made many national lists for the most beautiful autumn leaves? Here is but one article listing Cleveland Metroparks and Cuyahoga National Park as a top ten fall foliage destination. While the rest of the country are packing their bags and gassing their cars for a day trip to take in the brilliant colors and natural wonder of the season, all you need to do is walk outside.

Of course, there is plenty more to do in the coming months. New to Cleveland? New to American Halloween? Want to experience a Weatherhead tradition unlike anything else this year? Buy your ticket to the Weatherheadless Ball! On October 29, Weatherhead's Graduate Student Business Association will be hosting the Weatherheadless Ball on the ground level of the Peter B. Lewis building. Tickets are on sale and are an amazing $15 dollars for the first 150 students. The admission price gets you four drinks (beer or wine), fantastically catered array of delicious food and live entertainment from 8 p.m. to midnight. Worried about a costume? We will have costume making material ready for you! Just come ready to create, party and live out the most fun Weatherhead has to offer.

Another local tradition can be found at Patterson’s Fruit Farm. A local favorite, Patterson’s Fruit Farm (8765 Mulberry Road Chesterland, OH 44026) features an apple picking orchard, fresh pumpkins, hayrides and a farm shop full of delicious, locally grown and made apple sauces, apple ciders, pies, baked goods, apple chips and other fall treats. Get your friends, throw on your favorite sweater, and make an afternoon of it!

If you have some extra time, and are ready for a day trip, try Nickajack Farms. With pony rides, a corn cannon, pedal carts, and a fantastic Fall Festival, this is a destination for sure.

And what fall post would be complete without a haunted house listing. Ohio is a state full of farmland and many large, open spaces for fear enthusiasts to create epic haunted houses. A complete list and description would be far beyond what this blog post could cover. Suffice it to say, whatever your pleasure, Cleveland and its surrounding areas have plenty of options to meet your blood curdling desires. Check out the Cleveland.com top choices for 2016!