Economies that achieve economic prosperity in the 21st century will be those that fully embrace the value and opportunity brought together by smart technologies that best leverage technology and economic development. Through their geography and growing roles in the economy, urban areas are emerging as global economic powers, reinforcing their influence and reach. We call this Smart Capitalism, an approach to governing that can drive performance and productivity.
As the role of smart capitalism in cities gains in strength, the 4thIndustrial Revolution will play a critical role in outlining opportunity and setting the stage for innovative urban governance. Smart cities just aren’t about more data but also more autonomy for citizens and corporations alike as they live and work in a new era.
Doug has spent his career researching, writing, teaching and advising companies about two topics: organizational development, where he has focused on issues of leadership, organizational culture and corporate social responsibility; and the Chinese economic reforms, where he has focused on the intersection of economic and political forces that lead to successful economic development models. From 2014-19, Guthrie was a Senior Director at Apple, based in Shanghai China, where he led Apple University efforts on leadership and organizational development in China. Prior to joining Apple, from 2010-14, Guthrie was Dean of the George Washington School of Business, Vice President for University China Operations, and Professor of International Business.
Prior to his time at GW, from 1997-2010, Guthrie held faculty positions at NYU’s Stern School of Business, where he was Professor of Management and Director of custom Executive Education, and NYU’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, where he was Professor of Sociology and the Founding Director of the University’s Office of Global Education. He has held visiting Professorships at several business schools, including Kellogg, Harvard, INSEAD, Stanford, Columbia and Emory. He served as Director of the Business Institutions Initiative at the Social Science Research Council (1999-2003) and was Academic Director of the Berlin School of Creative Leadership (2008-11). His research has been recognized by numerous grants and awards.
Guthrie received an AB in East Asian Languages (Chinese literature) from the University of Chicago and MA & PhD degrees in organizational sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Guthrie studied in Taipei, Taiwan, during his undergraduate years and conducted PhD research in Shanghai, China. He has authored and edited numerous books, academic articles, popular articles, and reports on Chinese economic reform, leadership and corporate social responsibility, and economic development in American cities.
Chris is a founding principal at Xanadu Enterprise. Chris leverages his deep consulting background over the last 20 years for his clients in consumer products, retail, technology, automotive, and specialty products and services. A breadth of experience in China, Chris has led, managed, and executed projects resulting in value-chain transformations, China market entry, cost reductions, and service-level enhancements for clients across a number of industries. Chris provides insights to clients from his on-the-ground experience running businesses as well as workforce creation and management. Prior to Xanadu Enterprise,
Chris worked in senior managerial positions at multi-national companies in consumer goods and retail, with a special focus on China operations, business development, and global supply chain optimization. He has a keen sense of China’s laws and regulatory environment, understanding how they are changing and the impact on clients allowing them to address these concepts in their planning processes. He is regularly tracking and evaluating the latest changes in China’s policies and politics. Chris is uniquely positioned to offer his experience of China and how executives can position themselves to work in this environment. Chris graduated with a Bachelor and Masters of engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University. Chris deploys his bi-cultural and bilingual approach for clients to guarantee they have feasibility and flexibility for future opportunities. Chris is fluent in Mandarin, Shanghainese, and English.
A veteran journalist, Sarah Kellogg has written widely about the courts and U.S. and international law, Congressional operations, U.S. government policy and regulation, leadership development, and economic policy. She has written hundreds of articles about Congressional and executive branch activities in the United States. She also has focused her research and writing on urban politics and economic development, working with Doug Guthrie in producing economic reports that explored the economic vitality of the District of Columbia under the administration of former Mayor Gray. She serves as the managing editor of OGL Insights, city reports, and podcasts.