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Dr. Doug Guthrie, Dean, Professor of International Business and Professor of Management at the George Washington University School of Business, and Vice President for University China Operations is an expert in the fields of economic reform in China, leadership and corporate governance, and corporate social responsibility.
He sees an immense opportunity for GWSB to create a forum for business education unlike any other.
“Our deep ties to the people and institutions that shape national and international policy make us a natural choice to lead the conversation about the relationships among business, politics and society,” says Dr. Guthrie. “The current discussion of financial reform, which reverberates from Shanghai to Berlin, will be echoed in our classrooms, posted on our faculty blogs and examined in our media interviews as we engage the community beyond our campus. We will look at the politics of U.S.-China relations, and other geopolitical issues that challenge international businesses.”
The Dean says GWSB is also positioned to provide a platform for the private sector to address energy and environmental sustainability, issues that are all about the business-politics exchange. And, going forward, the School will design cutting-edge programs in fields from digital marketing to international development.
“We will build our reputation by educating broad thinkers who recognize the connections and opportunities among worldwide economic, political and social forces,” says Dr. Guthrie. “We will accomplish that by doing some of the most interesting and innovative things in the world.”
Prior to joining GW, Dr. Guthrie served as Professor of Management at New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He also held a joint appointment as Professor of Sociology on NYU’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences and was Director of Executive Education at NYU-Stern from 2007-09.
Dr. Guthrie has held visiting positions at Harvard Business School, INSEAD and the graduate schools of business at Stanford University, Columbia University and Emory University. He served as Director of the Business Institutions Initiative at the Social Science Research Council (1999-2003) and was the academic director of the Berlin School of Creative Leadership from 2008-11.
Dr. Guthrie holds an A.B. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations with a concentration in Chinese literature from the University of Chicago. He earned his Master’s and Ph.D degrees in organizational sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Dr. Guthrie studied in Taipei, Taiwan, during his undergraduate years and conducted his doctoral research in Shanghai, China.
Dr. Guthrie has authored, co-authored, and edited numerous books, articles, and reports on Chinese economic reform, leadership, and corporate social responsibility, including Dragon in a Three-Piece Suit: The Emergence of Capitalism in China (Princeton University Press) and China and Globalization: The Economic, Political, and Social Transformation of China. His doctoral research was recognized with the American Sociological Association’s national award for the top dissertation in the field in 1997. He has also been the recipient of teaching awards, best paper awards, and grants from the Ford and Sloan Foundations.