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.

Russell Korte CV

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


Zehr, S. M., & Korte, R. (2020). Student internship experiences: Learning about the workplace. Education + Training, 62(3), 311-324.

Korte, R., Brunhaver, S., & Zehr, S. M. (2019). The socialization of STEM professionals into STEM careers: A study of newly hired engineers. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 21(1), 92-113. DOI: 10.1177/1523422318814550.

Korte, R. (2019). Learning to practice engineering in business: The experiences of newly hired engineers beginning new jobs. In: S. Christensen, B. Delahousse, C. Didier, M. Meganck, & M. Murphy (Eds), The Engineering-Business Nexus: Higher Aims or Triumphant Markets?,(Chapter 16), pp. 341-364. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Brunhaver, S. R., Korte, R. F., Barley, S. R., & Sheppard, S. D. (2018). Bridging the gaps between engineering education and practice. The Science and Engineering Workforce Project, pp. 129-163. Cambridge: National Bureau of Economic Research.

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

Dr. Russell Korte gave a presentation of his research to top officials of the Examination Yuan—one of the five branches of the national government of Taiwan. This branch is similar in function to the Office of Personnel Management for the U.S. federal government. They are responsible for recruiting, training, and managing the civil servants across the country.

GSEHD faculty participated in the Roadmapping Engaged Science Education Workshop hosted by GW's School of Engineering and Applied Science. Professor Emerita Dr. Sharon Lynch, Dr. Tiffany Sikorski, and Dr. Russell Korte presented, "Building Pipelines; Building Skills." Dr. Ryan Watkins presented " Interdisciplinary Collaborations: Approaches and Frontiers."

Dr. Russell Korte recently completed a day-long seminar on Organization Development focusing on the process of analyzing, intervening, evaluating, and sustaining change in organizations, as well as reviewing new trends emerging in the field. The audience included international Master’s students at the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, Taiwan. The students came to study at NTNU from Southeast Asia, Africa, South America, and Europe.

Dr. Russell Korte recently completed a two-day workshop aimed at exploring alternative career possibilities for master’s students in a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) program at National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. The workshop specifically focused on social entrepreneurship to help graduate students consider education-related careers beyond traditional teaching in public schools. These traditional jobs are disappearing and students were challenged to re-imagine alternative opportunities to contribute to education and society after they graduate.

Dr. Russell Korte was part of an organizing team that recently developed and conducted a workshop for engineering faculty focused on doing more research on engineering practice. NSF funded this project as a Collaborative Grant that included Arizona State University, Purdue University, and Florida International University--Dr. Korte was the collaborating PI for GW. The workshop was held in San Jose, CA prior to the IEEE/ASEE Frontiers in Education Conference. The workshop participants highlighted several areas of research that would inform our knowledge of the engineering profession, of practice, and the education of engineering students for their future careers. Later, during the conference, the organizers held a Special Session drawing in additional participants interested in the research-to-practice connection. Follow up work is focused on developing grant proposals and publications related to increasing our understanding of, and reimagining engineering practice.