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Course Stories, Season 3, Episode #1: Creating Cultural Coherency: TAM 542 Leading Change and Transformation in a Global Environment

In the first episode of Season Three, we start the year off with the world’s two biggest economies: The US and China. Thunderbird professor, Doug Guthrie, shares his unique journey through academia into the world of business. He details the design of his course, TAM 542 Leading Change and Transformation in a Global Environment, through the lens of global leadership and organizational change, with the contextual elements found in Chinese society.

Professor Guthrie is joined by Instructional Designer, Zachary Zidek, and Translation Curriculum Coordinator, Kathy Cabizo, to discuss how they created a culturally inclusive course, to help students see themselves as leaders, by retaining their cultural identity and applying best practices in their unique environments. Mary and Ricardo listen in with the Assistant Director of Instructional Design for ASU Zai Xian, Maggie Dempsey Dotson.

Get ready for a transformative experience!

In this Episode:

Doug Guthrie

Doug Guthrie

Doug Guthrie has spent his career researching, writing, teaching and advising companies about two topics: organizational development, and the Chinese economic reforms that lead to successful economic development models. 

He is Professor of Practice in Global Leadership and Director of China Initiatives at the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Maggie Dempsey Dodson

Maggie Dempsey Dotson

Margaret Dempsey Dotson serves as an Assistant Director of Instructional Design for ASU Zai Xian at ASU EdPlus where she leads global education programs and partnerships. Maggie fuses her experience launching global initiatives and leading diverse teams across higher education, workforce development, and education startup spaces with a passion to advance the life trajectories of culturally and linguistically diverse learners through educational opportunity. 

Zachary Zidek

Zachary Zidek

Zachary Zidek is an Instructional Designer on the Zai Xian team.  He contributes to the culturally responsive design of courses, and utilizes his international experience with educational institutions across Asia to add strategic insight to the team decision making process. 


Kathy Cabizo

Kathy is a translation curriculum coordinator on the ASU Zai Xian team at EdPlus. She works closely between the IDs and the approved translation vendors on the course design, redesign, and translation of course content by applying cultural awareness and cultural adaptation to the courses.

Your Hosts

Ricardo Leon smiling
Ricardo Leon is a Media Developer for EdPlus and is a co-creator and co-host of Course Stories. He has developed a number of other podcasts and various other forms of instructional media. In 2021, Ricardo was on a team that received The President’s Award, which formally recognizes successful solutions in innovation, for his work on the Study Hall project with Crash Course.
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Mary Loder is an instructional designer at EdPlus and is the Online Learning Manager - Professional Development and Training on the Instructional Design and New Media team at EdPlus. She is also the co-creator and co-host for Course Stories, a podcast highlighting and showcasing the talents of our faculty and staff at ASU.

Resources from this Episode

Additional Links for your enjoyment and exploration into a deeper understanding of this Course Story.

Read more of Doug’s work on his website, On Global Leadership.

Learn more about Thunderbird and the programs they offer to global learners. 

Learn more about Zai Xian’s Master Level Program.

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