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’s 26th book, Optimizing the Power of Action Learning (3rd ed.), has been published by Hachette Press.
In this book, Dr. Marquardt brings together 20 best-practice examples and the fundamentals first introduced in his best seller Action Learning in Action to deliver next generation tools and advanced skill techniques to make action learning successful every time in any organization.

Dr. Michael Marquardt was the guest speaker at the Federal Government’s Action Learning Community of Practice workshop. Over 40 Federal Chief Learning Officers attended.

Dr. Michael Marquardt presented a session entitled “How I wrote 24 Books” at the National Conference of the Academy of Human Resource Development in Richmond, Virginia. He also did a video presentation to 80 members of the Polish Institute for Action Learning on the topic of “10 Strategies to Improve Action Learning Programs in Your Organization.”

Dr. Michael Marquardt was the keynote speaker at the Japan National Conference on Action Learning where he spoke on the subject Neuroscience and Action Learning. Dr. Marquardt was also the keynote speaker at Action Learning Conferences in Taiwan and the Philippines.

Dr. Michael Marquardt gave the keynote address at the World Institute for Action Learning Global Conference in Shanghai, China. His address was entitled Transforming Organizations into Learning Organizations with Action Learning. In addition, Dr. Marquardt conducted a Master Action Learning Demo. Doctoral student Popsy Kanagaratnam also presented at the conference on a case study entitled Action Learning at Any Age.