Caught at the Crossroads of Culture: Utah Asphalt in China

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Teri C. Tompkins, Julie A. Chesley & Terri D. Egan

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    Dr. Teri C. Tompkins is the author of Cases in Management and Organizational Behavior, Volumes I and II published by Prentice Hall. She uses published cases, student-written cases, live-cases, and her own cases in her classroom teaching. She conducts research and publishes in the field of management education, innovation, and learning. Her co-authored paper “A Process View of How Exemplary Online Teachers Establish Meaningful Relational Connections” received Best Paper in Graduate Management Education at the 2016 Academy of Management meeting. She has published in the Journal of Case Research and Inquiry, Organization Development Journal, Journal of Management Education, and others. She received a USD 83,000 Waves of Innovation grant to study designing a curriculum and delivery system for next-generation executive students, and several grants to study how face-to-face and online teachers establish warmth and connection with students. Professor Tompkins twice served as president of the Western Casewriters Association and began serving as chair of the applied behavioral sciences and organization theory and management theory department at the Graziadio School of Business and Management in 2015. She teaches in the Executive MBA program, as well as the fully employed MBA program at Pepperdine University. She began full-time teaching in 1993, earning tenure at The University of Redlands and serving as department chair prior to joining Pepperdine University in 2001. She achieved the rank of full professor and tenure in 2005. She earned an MBA (1988) and PhD (1994) from The Claremont Graduate University at The Drucker Graduate Management Center.

    In addition to her career in academia, Dr. Tompkins was responsible for the start-up and the subsequent management of two companies in the health care and construction businesses. She has also held a key management position in a Japanese import/export operation and in two not-for-profit organizations. She has been active in several professional organizations, including serving as a member of the board of directors for the Western Academy of Management. Dr. Tompkins consults with organizations in the areas of positive transformation and organizational learning. She has written six textbooks and instructors’ manuals.

    Dr. Julie A. Chesley is an Associate Professor of Organization Theory and Management at Pepperdine University. Dr. Chesley’s teaching focuses on personal and group transformation as well as the critical thinking and analysis required to successfully lead large scale change. She has also been on the faculty at the United States Air Force Academy and at Colorado College. In addition to her academic practice, Dr. Chesley has over 39 years’ experience implementing, teaching and researching organization management, including 20 years of service to the United States Air Force, retiring as a Lt Colonel. She has numerous publications and presentations including articles in California Management Review, Journal of Change Management, Journal of Business Research and the Journal of Leadership Studies, as well two texts: Applied Project Management for Space Systems and Strategic Thinking: Today’s Business Imperative. She holds a B.S. in Management from the United States Air Force Academy, and an MBA and PhD in Organization Theory and Management from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado.

    Dr. Terri Egan is Associate Professor of Applied Behavioral Sciences at the Graziadio School of Business and Management. She has taught graduate and executive courses in leadership, team effectiveness, organization change and development, creativity and innovation, and international organization development. Her research has been published in journals and scholarly books including Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, Journal of Public Administration, The Information Society, Human Relations, the Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner, and Practicing Organization Development. Dr. Egan’s current research focuses on integrating neuroscience discoveries into organization and leadership development theory and practice. She is cofounder of the SyncUp Leadership Group (www.syncupleadership.com).

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