July 18, 2006

Case Western Reserve University and IDG's Cio Executive Council unite to create new graduate school course

Unique Industry/Academic Partnership Brings Chief Information Officers and their Best Practices to the Classroom

Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, a leading graduate school that combines research with real-world business applications, and IDG's CIO Executive Council (http://www.cioexecutivecouncil.com) a professional, member-driven organization of chief information officers (CIO), today announce the debut of their new fall course, "Chief Officer Dialogues." The newly developed course leverages the expertise and knowledge of current information technology (IT) practitioners through a series of interactive guest lectures where CIOs take students through real case studies from their companies. Conceived and co-developed by leaders at the Weatherhead School and members of the Council, the course represents a distinct approach to collaborative curriculum development between a professional organization and a university.

According to Kalle Lyytinen, professor of information systems at Weatherhead, "This partnership with the CIO Executive Council marks a new standard of excellence in educating and preparing students for the business world. It is this type of innovation that distinguishes Weatherhead and allows us to attract the best and brightest students."

Adds Mark Hall, general manager of the CIO Executive Council, "With uncertainties mounting about America's ability to maintain its business leadership position, one of the goals of the Council is to improve the supply chain of IT and business talent. This partnership with Weatherhead provides our members with a grassroots, hands-on opportunity to insure the future crop of business leaders are well informed and prepared for the tasks that lie ahead. We plan to replicate this with universities across the nation."

"Chief Officer Dialogues" kicks off on August 30th with Lyytinen serving as the course instructor. Lyytinen will provide approximately 50 students with the basic principles of information technology and business during the first four sessions before starting the case study and guest lecture component of the class. To date, the participating CIO Executive Council members include:

  • Marcia Bohannon, CIO, Jeffco Public Schools
  • Jody Davids, CIO, Cardinal Health
  • Louis Ehrlich, CIO, Global Downstream, Chevron Corporation
  • Mary Finlay, Deputy CIO, Partners HealthCare System, Inc
  • Martin Gomberg, CTO, A&E Television
  • Ed Granger-Happ, CTO, Save the Children
  • Mark Halloran, CIO, Medco Health Solutions
  • Steph Warren, CTO, Federal Trade Commission

To learn more about the "Chief Officer Dialogues" course or to arrange an interview with Lyytinen or Hall, please contact Karen Fogerty at 508.935.4091 or fogerty@cio.com.

About the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University:

Since its inception, the Weatherhead School of Management has received international acclaim for developing bold ideas that redefine the way management education is taught. This spirit of innovation has elevated its management programs to global prominence, earning Weatherhead a reputation as one of the most innovative business schools in the world. Weatherhead's teaching approach delivers a unique blend of functional competencies and interpersonal skills that organizations increasingly need. The home of the Weatherhead School is the Frank Gehry-designed Peter B. Lewis Building. The Lewis Building reflects the spirit of Weatherhead's innovative approach and clearly places Weatherhead in the vanguard of business education. It redefines the way a business school should look just as Weatherhead redefines the way management education should be taught.

About the CIO Executive Council:

Launched in April 2004, the CIO Executive Council was created by readers of CIO magazine and leaders within the community of CIOs to leverage the individual and collective strengths of its members, both to serve as unbiased and trusted advisors to each other and to advance the CIO role and profession. Both the CIO Executive Council and CIO magazine are produced by CXO Media Inc., which also publishes http://www.cio.com, The CIO Insider, CSO magazine, http://csoonline.com/, http://darwinmag.com and http://cmomagazine.com/. CXO Media serves CIOs, CEOs, CFOs, COOs and other corporate officers who use technology to thrive and prosper in this new era of business. The company strives to enhance partnerships among C-level executives, as well as create opportunities for information technology (IT) and consumer marketers to reach them. In addition to magazines, websites and the Council, CXO Media produces Executive Programs, a series of conferences that provide educational and networking opportunities for corporate and government leaders. CXO Media is a subsidiary of IDG.

For more information: Ellen Schupper 216-368-0080 or Karen Fogerty 508-935-4091.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, July 18, 2006 10:47 AM | News Topics: Collaborations/Partnerships, Weatherhead School of Management

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