Maria Cseh

Maria Cseh
Associate Professor, Human & Organizational Learning
(202) 994-8649

For the past 15 years, Dr. Cseh has served as the Director of the Human and Organizational Learning (HOL) Doctoral Program and is committed to creating a welcoming and intellectually nurturing environment for the diverse HOL doctoral students. Dr. Cseh holds a B.S./M.S. degree in electronics engineering, a M.A. in business administration with a focus on international management, a certificate in global policy studies, and a Ph.D. in adult education with a specialization in global human resource development. Dr. Cseh’s diverse professional background and multicultural experience led to her expertise in adult learning, leadership, and change in international and cross-cultural contexts. Her research interests include informal learning, organizational development and change, global leadership, and the development of global mindset and cultural competence that will help leaders and change agents address the increasingly complex issues facing our world. She is also continuing her inquiries into learning across cultures, including indigenous learning to find creative and innovative sustainable solutions for healthy organizations and societies. She serves on Advisory Boards of international journals, has been elected for two terms on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Human Resource Development, lectures internationally, and serves as adviser and consultant to organizations.


Cseh, M., & Crocco, O. S. (2020). Globalizing HRD academic practice: Developing a global mindset for teaching and research. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 22(1), 57-71. DOI: 10.1177/1523422319886288

Cseh, M. (2020). Views from the top and views of the valley: The paths of dissertation literature reviews. In K. Townsend, M. N. K. Saunders & E. Morrison (Eds.), How to keep your doctorate on track (pp. 55-64). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

Cseh, M., Crocco, O. S., & Sarafli, C. (2019). Teaching for globalization: Implications for knowledge management in organizations. In M. Fedeli & L Bierema (Eds.), Connecting adult learning and knowledge management (pp. 105-118). Switzerland: Springer Nature. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030- 29872-2_6

Cseh, M., & Coningham, B. (2019). Culturally-informed evidence-based organizational change and development through the lens of complexity theory. In R. G. Hamlin, A. D. Ellinger & J. Jones (Eds.), Evidence-Based Initiatives for Organizational Change and Development (pp. 140-154). Advances in Business Strategy and Competitive Advantage (ABSCA) Book Series. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Lackritz, A. D., Cseh, M., & Wise, D. (2019). Leadership coaching: A multiple-case study of urban public charter school principals’ experiences. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 27(1), 5-25. DOI: 10.1080/13611267.2019.1583404

Cseh, M., Csillag, S., Nemeskéri, Zs., & Krisztián, B. (2017). The shadows of the past and the hopes of the future: A road towards a comprehensive leadership development in Hungary. In A. Ardichvili & K. Dirani (Eds.), Leadership Development in Emerging Market Economies (pp. 297-312). Palgrave Macmillan.

Follman, J., Cseh, M., & Brudney, J. (2016). Structures, challenges and successes of volunteer programs co-managed by nonprofit and public organizations. Nonprofit Management & Leadership, 26(4), 453-470.

Scully-Russ, E., & Cseh, M. (Eds.). (2015). Green HRD. Special Issue of the Advances in Developing Human Resources, 17(4). [Received the ADHR Outstanding Issue Award]

Benton-Short, L., & Cseh, M. (2015). Changing cities, changing culture: The challenges and opportunities for HRD in urban sustainability. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 17(4), 460-472.

Cseh, M., Rozanski, A., Nemeskéri, Zs., & Krisztián, B. (2015). HRD in Hungary and Poland. In R. F. Poell, T. S. Rocco & G. L. Roth (Eds.), The Routledge Companion of Human Resource Development (pp. 492-504). London, UK: Routledge.

Bierema, L. L., & Cseh, M. (2014). A crittical, feminist turn in HRD: A humanistic ethos. In N. Chalofsky,

T. S. Rocco & M. L. Morris (Eds.), Handbook of Human Resource Development (pp. 125-144). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Cseh, M., Davis, E. B., & Khilji, S. E. (2013). Developing a global mindset: Learning of global leaders. European Journal of Training and Development, 37(5), 489-499.

Cseh, M., & Coningham, B. (2012). Working in multicultural and multilingual environments: HRD professionals as learning and change agents in the global workplace. In J. P. Wilson (Ed.), International Human Resource Development: Learning, Education and Training for Individuals and Organizations (3rd Ed.) (pp. 297-309). London, UK: Kogan Page Limited.


Cseh, M., Crocco, O. S., & Safarli, C. (2019). Global human resource development informed by indigenous knowledge and research. The 2019 International Academy of Human Resource Development in the Americas Conference. February 13-16, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

Cseh, M., Bartlett, K., Crocco, O. S., McLean, G., Russ-Eft, D., & Wang, J. (2018). Preparing HRD professionals for the global workplace: A holistic learning and development approach. The 17th International Asian Conference of the Academy of Human Resource Development. November 8- 10, Bangkok, Thailand.

Cseh, M., Crocco, O. S., & Wang, W. (2018). Curiosity in human resource development: A systematic literature review. Academy of Human Resource Development International Conference in the Americas, February 14-17, Richmond, VA, USA.

Gajjar, J. K., & Cseh, M. (2017). Community-based enterprises as processes for the sustainable development of human and social capital in poor and marginalized communities. The 2017 Academy of Human Resource Development International Conference in Asia. November 8-10, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India.

Cseh, M., & Crocco, O. S. (2017). Global stewardship: The role of human resource development in fostering openness to the other. The 18th International Conference on Human Resource Development across Europe, June 7-9, Lisbon, Portugal.

Latham, P., & Cseh, M. (2016). The Impact of instructional design in case-based, computer-assisted instruction (CAI) for learning liver pathology in a medical school pathology course. Association of Pathology Chairs Annual Meeting [the premiere leadership conference for academic pathology], Undergraduate Medical Education Division, July 12-15, San Diego, USA.

Lackritz, A., & Cseh, M. (2016). Leadership coaching for K-12 principals: An integrative literature review [Roundtable Session 31]. American Education Research Association, April 8-11, Washington, DC, USA.

Cseh, M., Engel, L., & Follman, J. (2015). The journey of developing a global competent workforce: The case of an innovative co-curricular university program. The 16th International Conference on Human Resource Development across Europe. June 3-5, Cork, Ireland.

Cseh, M., & Follman, J. (2015). The global competence development journey: A framework for preparing HRD studetns for the global workplace. The 22th Annual Academy of Human Resource Development International Research Conference in the Americas, February 19-21, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

Cseh, M., Engel, L., & Follman, J. (2014). Developing globally competent students from the inside-out: Transforming spaces in higher education. XI International Transformative Learning Conference, October 23-26, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, USA.

Cseh, M. (2012). The dynamics of managing a multigenerational workforce. HRM: The Global Talent Crisis: The New Landscape and the Technolgy Deficit Disorder (TDD) Panel with Davis, E.B., Barnes, K.J., Christensen, E., & Strackhouse, J. P. Eastern Academy of Management 49th Annual Conference "Implications of Technology for Today's Managers: Opportunities and Challenges", May 9-12, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Cseh, M., Kumar, S., & Cavallaro, E. (2012). Learning within and across cultures: Fostering creativity and innovation in the new age of organizing. The 13th International Conference on Human Resource Development across Europe, May 23-25, Famalicão, Portugal.

Cseh, M., & Manikoth, N. (2012). The future of human resource development: Shaping national human resource development policies in the global context. The 13th International Conference on Human Resource Development across Europe, May 23-25, Famalicão, Portugal.

In the News

GSEHD faculty, doctoral students, candidates, and alumni from the Human and Organizational Learning Program presented papers/posters and received several awards at the 2019 Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) International Research Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. GSEHD alumna Dr. Malikah Abdullah Alturki received the Esworthy Malcolm S. Knowles Dissertation of the Year award for her dissertation, “The Entrepreneurial Learning Processes of Saudi Women Entrepreneurs: A Grounded Theory.” Her dissertation chair was Dr. Maria Cseh. Dr. Julia Storberg-Walker and Randal Joy Thompson received the R. Wayne Pace HRD Book of the Year award for their book, Leadership and Power in International Development: Navigating the Intersections of Gender, Culture, Context, and Sustainability. Doctoral candidate Maryanne Elliott and her colleagues Brad Shuck, Meera Alagaraja and Dr. Denise Cumberland from the University of Louisville won a Cutting Edge Award for their conference paper, “Compassionate Leader Behavior: An Emerging Framework for Consideration.” See all the awards and presentations by the HOL participants.

Dr. Maria Cseh, GSEHD alumna Dr. Anne Lackritz (Ed.D., Human & Organizational Learning), and co-author Dr. Donald Wise published an article entitled, "Leadership coaching: a multiple case study of urban charter school principals' experiences" in the February 2019 issue of Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnerships in Learning.

Human and Organizational Learning program representatives participated in the 17th International Asian Conference of the Academy of Human Resource Development in Bangkok, Thailand:

  • Dr. Maria Cseh organized and participated in an expert panel discussion with GSEHD alumnus Dr. Oliver (“Ozzie”) S. Crocco (Ed.D., Human and Organizational Learning) and other colleagues entitled, "Preparing HRD Professionals for the Global Workplace: A Holistic Learning and Development Approach." The session was focused on the importance of global competence in today’s organizations.
  • Dr. Cseh, Dr. Crocco, and GSEHD doctoral student Chilanay Safarli (Ed.D., Human and Organizational Learning), presented the paper, “The Quest for Indigenous Knowledge, Theory and Practice: Implications for Global Human Resource Development.”
  • Dr. Crocco also presented with his colleague Dr. Oleksandr Tkachenko from the University of New Mexico the paper entitled, “Human Resource Development in ASEAN: Are We Ready to Discuss the Concept of Regional Human Resource Development.”
  • In addition on this trip, Dr. Cseh and Dr. Crocco conducted workshops on “Publishing in peer-reviewed journals and presenting at international conferences” for faculty and doctoral students and on “Cross-cultural Communication in Business Environments and Global Competence Development” for students at the International College, Payap University, and the Far Eastern University in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

GSEHD alumna Dr. Anne Lackritz (Ed.D., Human and Organizational Learning) received Honorable Mention for the AERA Division A (Administration, Organization, & Leadership) Outstanding Dissertation Award, selected as one of three awardees out of twenty-eight nominations. Dr. Maria Cseh served as her dissertation chair for "Leadership Coaching: A Multiple-Case Study of Urban Public Charter School Principals' Experiences."

Join us in recognizing the HOL faculty who were honored with awards at the Academy of Human Resource Development Conference this year:
Dr. Julia Storberg-Walker received the Laura Bierema Excellence in Critical HRD Award, which honors a critical HRD scholar or practitioner who has demonstrated research and activism with impact in HRD.
Dr. Russell Korte received The Elwood F. Holton III Research Excellence Award, which is awarded for the outstanding Human Resource Development Review refereed article in each annual volume.
Dr. Maria Cseh received the Best Reviewer of the Year Award for Human Resource Development Review.