Michael Marquardt

Michael Marquardt
Professor, Human & Organizational Learning; International Affairs
(571) 553-3764

Dr. Michael Marquardt is Professor of Human Resource Development and International Affairs, Chair of GSEHD's Department of Human and Organizational Learning, and Program Director of the Executive Leadership Program and Global Leadership in Teams and Organizations Graduate Certificate Program. Mike also serves as President of the World Institute for Action Learning.

He has held a number of senior management, training and marketing positions with organizations such as Grolier, American Society for Training and Development, Association Management Inc., Overseas Education Fund, TradeTec, and U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Dr. Marquardt has trained more than 95,000 managers in nearly 100 countries since beginning his international experience in Spain in 1969. Consulting assignments have included Marriott, Microsoft, Motorola, Nortel, Alcoa, Boeing, Caterpillar, United Nations Development Program, Xerox, Nokia, Constellation, Samsung, Organization of American States, and Singapore Airlines as well as the governments of Indonesia, Laos, Ethiopia, Zambia, Egypt, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Russia, Jamaica, Honduras, and Swaziland.

He enjoys skiing, music and traveling with his Swiss wife, four children and eight grandchildren.

Ed.D., The George Washington University, M.A., State University of New York, B.A., Maryknoll College


Marquardt, M. J. (2014). Leading with Questions: How leaders find the right solutions by knowing what to ask. San Francisco: Jossey-Brass.

Marquardt. M. J. (2011). Building the learning organization: Achieving strategic advantage through a commitment to learning (3rd ed.). Boston: Nicholas Brealey Publishing.

Marquardt, M. J., Leonard, H. S., Freedman, A. M., & Hill, C. C. (2009). Action learning for developing leaders and organizations: Principles, strategies, and cases. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Marquardt, M. J. (2004). Optimizing the power of action learning: Solving problems and building leaders in real time. Mountain View, CA: Nicholas Brealey America.

Marquardt, M. J., & Horvath, L. (2001). Global teams: How top multinationals span boundaries and cultures with high-speed teamwork. Mountain View, CA: Davies-Black Pub.

Marquardt, M. J., & Berger, N. O. (2000) Global leaders for the twenty-first century. SUNY series in management-communication. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

Marquardt, M. J. (1999). Action learning in action: Transforming problems and people for world-class organizational learning. Mountain View, CA: Davies-Black Publishing.

Marquardt, M. J. (1998). The global advantage: Improving human performance. Houston, TX: Gulf Publishing Company.

Marquardt, M. J., & Kearsley, G. (1998). Technology-based learning: Maximizing human performance and corporate success. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Marquardt, M. J., & Engel, D. W. (1993). Global human resource development. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

In the News

Dr. Michael Marquardt did a video conference presentation on action learning to the executives from national banks of the Eastern Caribbean Region. He also spoke on the same topic at a conference at the Southern Maryland Adult Education Center.

Dr. Michael Marquardt was the keynote speaker at two conferences: (1) National Conference on Building the Learning Organization for Human Resource Development among ASEAN countries (Bangkok, Thailand), and (2) Asia Regional Conference on Action Learning and Leadership Development in a VUCA World (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia). In addition, during a recent trip to Asia, Dr. Marquardt was a guest speaker for faculty and students at Ramkhamhaeng University (Bangkok), Panyahpiwat Institute of Management (Bangkok), University Putra Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), and Pannasastra University of Cambodia (Phnom Penh).

Action Learning and Leadership Development, an article co-authored by Dr. Michael Marquardt and ELP alumni Dr. Mary Volz-Peackock and Dr. Bea Carson, was published in the latest issue of Advances in Developing Human Resources.

Dr. Michael Marquardt conducted a two-day action learning program in Barbados for 70 government leaders from 12 Caribbean countries. The program was in collaboration with the University of the West Indies and the Canadian School for Public Service. Dr. Marquardt also trained 24 senior officials from the Ministry of Social Development and Family Affairs and the Ministry of Public Utilities, Government of Trinidad and Tobago.

Dr. Michael Marquardt spoke at the Leaders League's first Conference on Corporate Learning which was held in Paris and was attended by 600 senior European leaders. He spoke on the Action Learning in Global Organizations.