Russell Korte

Russell Korte
Associate Professor, Human and Organizational Learning

Dr. Korte studies the social, cultural, and political systems that influence how people learn and work in organizational settings. These studies focus on the socialization or onboarding of newcomers to organizations and provide insights into what and how they learn when joining new organizations. The majority of this work has been focused on the professional development of engineers—including the socialization of engineering students into their higher education programs and the socialization of engineering graduates into the workplace. Internationally, Korte has studied the socialization of engineers in the U.S., Mexico, and Taiwan. Recent studies have expanded this research program to include the socialization experiences of medical students, faculty, teachers, and entrepreneurs—specifically focused on how they learn the social, cultural, and political aspects of their professional work.

Dr. Korte works as a scholar-practitioner combining the scholarship of human and organizational learning with his experiences of work in education, business and industry. He has published on topics ranging from socialization, workplace learning, organization studies, theory, social science, and philosophy. He also works on a variety of topics supporting his students’ work on decision-making, the meaning of work, and social connectedness in school and the workplace. For several years, he has been invited to give numerous presentations of his work around the world to faculty, students, managers, and aspiring professionals beginning their careers.

Prior to joining the faculty of the George Washington University, Korte was on the faculties of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Colorado State University. Recently, he was a visiting associate professor at National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, Taiwan. He holds a B.S. in Education, an MBA in Marketing, and a Ph.D. in Work and Human Resource Education.

Ph.D., University of Minnesota
M.B.A., University of St. Thomas
B.S. in Education, St. Cloud State University


Korte, R., & Mercurio, Z. (2017). Pragmatism and Human Resource Development: Practical foundations for research, theory, and practice. Human Resource Development Review, 16(1), 60-84.

Korte, R., Brunhaver, S., & Sheppard, S. (2015). (Mis)interpretations of organizational socialization: The expectations and experiences of newcomers and managers. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 26(2), 185-208.

Han, H., Roberts, N. K., & Korte, R. (2015). Learning in the real place: Medical students’ learning and socialization in clerkships. Academic Medicine, 90(2), 231-239.

Korte, R., & Lin, S. (2013). Getting on board: Organizational socialization and the contribution of social capital. Human Relations, 66(3), 407-428.

Korte, R. (2012). Exploring the social foundations of human resource development: A theoretical framework for research and practice. Human Resource Development Review, 11(1), 6-30. (Chosen as one of the seminal articles on theorizing HRD featured in HRDR Special Virtual Issue: Theorizing 21st Century HRD: Emerging Issues and Debates. January 2016).

Korte, R. (2010). First, get to know them: A relational view of organizational socialization. Human Resource Development International, 13(1), 27-43.

Korte, R. F. (2009). How newcomers learn the social norms of an organization: A case study of the socialization of newly hired engineers. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 20(3), 285-306.

Korte, R. F. (2007). A review of social identity theory with implications for training and development. Journal of European Industrial Training, 31(3), 166-180.

In the News

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.

Dr. Russell Korte received the Elwood F. Holton III Research Excellence Award for 2017 from the Academy of Human Resource Development at the 2018 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas. The award was for the outstanding refereed article for 2017 in the journal Human Resource Development Review. The article, entitled “Pragmatism and Human Resource Development: Practical Foundations for Research, Theory and Practice," was authored by Dr. Korte and one of his advisees, Dr.

Dr. Russell Korte recently gave a presentation to students in the International Human Resource Development Program at the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, Taiwan. This is an international program drawing students from Africa, South America, Europe, and Southeast Asia, as well as Taiwan. The talk was titled “Starting a new job: The onboarding experiences of new engineers.” The focus was to share the results of an in-depth study of the initial work experiences of engineering graduates. This study investigated the influences of the organizational and social systems (especially the effects of the interpersonal relationships in the work groups) on the socialization of new graduates beginning their professional careers.

Dr. Russell Korte gave a presentation to students and faculty at the Iron Range Engineering program in Virginia, Minnesota. This is an award-winning, project-based learning program that combines practical project experience and professional development embedded within the traditional engineering sciences coursework.

Dr. Russell Korte co-conducted a seminar for engineering educators at the 2017 Engineering Education Centers Grantees' Conference held in Arlington, VA. This workshop introduced interested STEM education researchers to the core elements of customer discovery as part of the Lean Start-Up process used by the National Science Foundation. The process aims to help STEM education researchers with a means to scale and sustain their STEM education innovations for broader impact.