Dr. Doug Guthrie, Dean, Professor of International Business and Professor of Management at the George Washington University School of Business is an expert in the fields of economic reform in China, leadership and corporate governance, and corporate social responsibility.
Previously, 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. In addition to his positions at NYU, 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 has also served as Director of the Business Institutions Initiative at the Social Science Research Council (1999-2003) and has served as the academic leader of the Berlin School of Creative Leadership since 2008.
Dr. Guthrie holds an A.B. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations with a concentration in Chinese literature from the University of Chicago, and 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. His dissertation research was recognized with the American Sociological Association's national award for the top dissertation in the field in 1997. Dr. Guthrie has authored three books, co-edited two more, and authored or co-authored more than 60 academic articles on Chinese economic reform, leadership, and corporate social responsibility, and more than 40 shorter articles and reports on the same topics.
Shyam Giridharadas is the Executive Director of Executive Education for The George Washington University School of Business. After 25 years of experience in top management consulting at McKinsey & Company and Prism Consulting International (a firm he founded), Dr. Shyam Giridharadas has re-oriented his professional endeavors toward teaching. In addition to serving as the Executive Director of Executive Education, he currently teaches Developing Authentic Leadership Skills - a course that he developed - to the GWSB Global MBA students. He is also a faculty member on McKinsey & Company's internal leadership workshops.
Before coming to the United States in 1977, Shyam worked as a Marketing Executive at Tata Engineering, handling their exports of trucks and buses to Africa and the Middle East.
Giridharadas earned his doctorate in management at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management. He received his bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, a Diploma in Business from Xavier Institute, and his MBA from Harvard University.
David Slocum is the Director of Specialized Executive Education Programs at the George Washington University School of Business (GWSB). He designs, leads, and teaches executive training programs, and is a certified executive coach, with a focus on leadership, management, and innovation in the creative and media industries. One of the first GWSB programs Dr. Slocum helped launch was the STAR EMBA program for individuals with strong personal brands, including professional athletes. Since 2008, he has also been Professor and Faculty Director of Programs and Education at the Berlin School of Creative Leadership (Steinbeis University), where he designs and teaches in the Executive MBA in Creative Leadership program, and in custom programs including the Cannes Creative Leaders Programme.
Previously, Slocum was an administrator and faculty member at New York University for 10 years. His positions there included Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and Associate Dean in the Graduate School of Arts and Science. He taught in the Department of Cinema Studies and Art and Public Policy program at the Tisch School of the Arts. Before working at NYU, he directed and taught in the Graduate Media Studies program, and helped found the Media Management Graduate Certificate program at the New School for Social Research.
A sociologist and historian of creative and media industries, David's research has examined both the practice of creative leadership, as well as the U.S. and global media coverage of topics such as violence, war, and terrorism. His publications have examined a range of cultural, historical, and industry issues in media and entertainment and include four books. David has presented his research at more than 85 professional meetings and public lectures in 25 countries; he has also held visiting professorships at the University of Cape Town and the University of Tehran. David earned his baccalaureate from the University of Michigan, a master's degree from Harvard University, and the Ph.D., studying sociology and media industries, from New York University.
Tjai Nielsen is currently the Director of Executive Education, Dean's Research Scholar, and professor of management at the George Washington University School of Business (GWSB), and an international faculty member at Copenhagen Business School. Dr. Nielsen concentrates on conducting impactful research on topics ranging from work team effectiveness to predictors of international investment, delivering quality learning experiences to students, and partnering with clients to improve their effectiveness. He has won multiple teaching awards for his work leading classes in the full-time, part-time, and executive MBA programs and GWSB's doctoral program.
Dr. Nielsen's academic work has resulted in more than 25 research articles and book chapters, and more than 50 invited talks and refereed conference presentations. Recently, Dr. Nielsen was invited to join a United Nations Expert Group on Diasporas and Development and received the Best Reviewer Award from the Journal of Organizational Behavior and the Academy of Management. He currently serves as an editorial board member for the Journal of Organizational Behavior. The majority of his research concentrates on the motivational and behavioral contingencies that impact leadership, team performance, and the dynamics of international investment patterns. Dr. Nielsen also integrates a significant background in consulting with his academic work.
Prior to joining GWSB, Dr. Nielsen worked as a management consultant for RHR International, a premier executive consulting firm. In this role he partnered with different organizations to assist with executive selection and development, succession planning, team development, and executive coaching. Dr. Nielsen has worked with a variety of organizations within the financial services, consumer products, retail, pharmaceutical, and utility industries in North America, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.
Dr. Nielsen earned his doctorate in Industrial and Applied Psychology from the University of Tennessee (Knoxville), his master's degree in Education from the University of North Carolina (WCU), and he holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Virginia Tech. He is a member of the Academy of Management and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.