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Is China Walking the Talk in Its Economic Transition?

In a recent article titled “Is China Walking the Talk in Its Economic Transition”, Doug Guthrie, Professor of International Business and Management and an expert in China’s economic reform provided insight into China’s transition to a consumer-based economy.

“It’s very clear that China knows and the rest of the world knows that China must make the transition from its current economic status to being a consumer-based economy,” Guthrie told me, “In order to make the shift from an economy based on state-led infrastructure investment to consumption-led development, China needs to see a swing in the pendulum away from the drivers being investment to consumption. And I think the process has been well underway.”

The article by Li Zhenyu appeared in The People’s Daily Online on August 26th, 2013. Click here to read more.

Posted by gwsb on August 26, 2013 | Filed under: Commentary,Dean.


Cross Campus Collaborations in Sustainability

The George Washington University is committed to sustainability and “envisions a future with resource systems that are healthy and thriving for all.” GW has devoted considerable effort to sustainability research and education, with a comprehensive program of undergraduate and graduate academic offerings from the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Elliott School of International Affairs, the Law School, the College of Professional Studies, the School of Public Health & Health Services, and the School of Business.

The School of Business recognizes that the incredibly broad scope of sustainability requires the cooperation and collaboration of the entire University, and indeed, all of society. If they are to be effectively applied in business, sustainable concepts and practices must be developed with the input of scientific, technical, legal, public policy and planning expertise. Continue Reading

Posted by gwsb on July 23, 2013 | Filed under: Commentary,Dean,GWSB News.


Dean Guthrie tells 2013 Graduates to ‘Dream Big’

More than 500 graduate and 400 undergraduate students walked across the stage at the Charles E. Smith Center to graduate from GWSB on May 17. They were exhorted to set big goals and work hard to achieve them – for the good of society as well as themselves.

“Find passion in what you do,” Dean Doug Guthrie told the graduates. “Dream about dreaming big dreams; don’t be afraid of that.” When you hit a patch of uncertainty, Guthrie said, embrace it as a chance to make meaningful change.

“Uncertainty and opportunity: this is where the future lies,” he said. “Think about giving. Consider that you can make the world a better place.”

Posted by gwsb on June 21, 2013 | Filed under: Commentary,Dean.


University Leaders Participate in Fortune Global Forums

A group of George Washington University leaders spent last week in China, building ties and participating in discussions on trends in Sino-American relations at several meetings in Beijing.  President Steven Knapp, Provost Steven Lerman, Dean of GWSB and Vice President of University China Operations Doug Guthrie and Elliott School of International Affairs Dean Michael E. Brown participated in the 2013 Education Summit, “Education Creates Fortune and Future,” sponsored by the Nordic International Management Institute. The discussion explored the role of higher education in society, U.S.-China relations and opportunities for universities to have an impact on China.

The group then traveled southwest to Chengdu to attend the 2013 Fortune Global Forum where GW was the sole education partner.  Alongside prominent leaders including Premier of the People’s Republic of China Li Keqiang, Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, JPMorgan Chase & Co. CEO Jamie Dimon, GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt and DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman, the forum offered GW the unique opportunity to visit a new and increasingly important region of China and meet with several high-level business leaders who are current or potential stakeholders in GW’s endeavors.

During the forum, which took place from June 6-8 in Chengdu, Vice President for China Operations and School of Business Dean Doug Guthrie moderated a panel on the widening wealth gap, social needs and the state of charities and philanthropic sector in China. Panelists included Rupert Hoogewerf, publisher of the Hurun Report and Hurun Philanthropy List; Yao Ming, athlete, entrepreneur and philanthropist; and Wang Zhenyao, dean of the China Philanthropy Research Institute at Beijing Normal University.

Panelists emphasized the importance of youth volunteers, philanthropists seeing the impact of their giving, tax breaks and highly visible philanthropists like athletes setting an example for others to follow.

To read more about the Fortune Global Forum, click here, or watch the slideshow of the delegation’s visit to Beijing embedded below.

Posted by gwsb on June 14, 2013 | Filed under: Commentary,Dean.


A Day of Celebration

More than 500 graduate and 400 undergraduate students walked across the stage at the Charles E. Smith Center to graduate from GWSB on May 17. They were exhorted to set big goals and work hard to achieve them – for the good of society as well as themselves.

“Find passion in what you do,” Dean Doug Guthrie told the graduates. “Dream about dreaming big dreams; don’t be afraid of that.” When you hit a patch of uncertainty, Guthrie said, embrace it as a chance to make meaningful change.

Keynote speaker and GW Trustee Steve Ross, BBA, ’81, told graduates to never grow complacent. Ross is senior vice president
at RBC Wealth Management, a position he achieved by working his way up from a $3.65-per hour-intern with Ferris, Baker, Watts, which was acquired by RBC.

Graduate student speaker Andreas Schneider, MBA, ’13, who co-founded Washington’s first kombucha (fermented tea) microbrewery, Capital Kombucha, with John Lee, MBA, ’13, and Daniel Lieberman, JD/MBA, ’13, said the number that best quantifies his time at GWSB is 1.7, the percent of MBA’s in the U.S.

Gabbi Baker, BBA, ’13, the undergraduate speaker, said she is leaving GWSB having learned the value of networking, team work, accepting failure, speaking up, and giving back.

Click below to view commencement photos.

Posted by gwsb on May 24, 2013 | Filed under: Commentary,Dean.


Conversations on Creative Leadership: Michael Kaiser

“The Arts” will explore modern civic leadership through the lens of special guest Michael Kaiser, president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Called “the turnaround king,” Kaiser has led numerous artistic and cultural organizations, including the American Ballet Theater, the Royal Opera House, and the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, out of stagnation and even financial crisis. Over his 12-year tenure at the Kennedy Center, he has transformed the institution from a regional arts center to a national treasure of the performing arts.

Hosted by Dean Doug Guthrie, the event will explore the role of creative leaders in bringing together government, the private sector, and academic institutions to solve society’s most intractable problems.

Michael Kaiser Interview Highlights

Click here to watch the full Michael Kaiser interview.

Click below to view photos from the interview and reception.

Posted by gwsb on May 16, 2013 | Filed under: Dean,Video.


Conversations on Creative Leadership: Paull Young

On Wednesday, April 10th, GW School of Business’ Conversations on Creative Leadership series continued with a focus on “Philanthropy.” Hosted by Dean Doug Guthrie, the event explored the role of creative leaders in bringing together government, the private sector, nonprofits, and academic institutions to solve society’s most intractable problems.

“Philanthropy” examined modern civic leadership through the lens of special guest Paull Young, Director of Digital at charity: water, a non-profit company bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. The company is widely recognized for its innovative philanthropy. It stands by its 100% model-all donations go directly to bringing clean water to those in need; it also connects donors to the projects they help fund with a full report of the exact community they helped, including photos and GPS coordinates. charity: water was recently awarded a $5 million Google Global Impact Award to support water-monitoring technologies.

Paull Young Interview Highlights

Click here to watch the full Paull Young interview.

Click below to view photos from the interview and reception.

Posted by gwsb on May 10, 2013 | Filed under: Dean,GWSB News,Video.



Dean Guthrie on The Future of Higher Education: MOOCs and Disruptive Innovations

On Friday, April 12, 2013, Dean Doug Guthrie joined Adrian Sannier, Senior Vice President for Product at Pearson, and Paul Schiff Berman, Vice Provost for Online Education and Academic Innovation, for a discussion on the direction of higher education within the context of emerging technologies and innovations. Will MOOCs be the death of education as we have known it or a passing fad?

Posted by gwsb on May 1, 2013 | Filed under: Commentary,Dean,Video.


A semester abroad does not qualify as “going global”

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American universities need to invest in actual campuses overseas. Getty Images/Hong Wu

“Go global” may be the rallying cry for international business, but it has yet to fully penetrate academia. Universities can produce lists of exchange programs they have forged with academic institutions around the world, but these are not deep relationships. Going global has been more academic tourism than a powerful commitment to creating a global academic village.

Today the mere mention of academic globalization, beyond exchange and study abroad programs, sends some university administrators and faculty running for cover. Around the globe, institutions of higher education are wary of internationalizing their campuses and programs for fear of losing control over quality and academic freedom. These are legitimate concerns, especially when trying to operate in a country that is far from your home campus and embodies a culture that may conflict with your own.

Yet the same virtuous cycle that exists in the global marketplace can be adapted to serve the academic community.

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Posted by gwsb on April 3, 2013 | Filed under: Commentary,Dean,GWSB News.



MBA Admissions and Experience Blog

The members of the MBA Admissions team contribute to the blog with postings about recruitment tours, events, interviews with current students, and insights about the admissions process. The team is composed of:

Christopher Storer, Executive Director
Jason Garner, Associate Director
Patsy Torres, Assistant Director
Jason Smith, Assistant Director
Shelly Heinrich, Admissions Consultant
Jessica Page, Coordinator