Welcome to our site! We are excited to share information with you about our "travel" abroad elective: Human Resources and Human Resource Development Issues and Practices in The Czech Republic and Hungary.
Ronald B. Morgan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of HRD at GW has offered this elective for each of the past 15 years. This elective course typically runs in the summer session, with the travel portion of the course scheduled for the last two weeks of May. During that interval, students travel to Prague, Czech Republic and Budapest, Hungary to learn about the history, culture, education practices, business practices and human resource development issues and practices in these two nations, as well as the broader region.
This elective is open to all graduate students, masters or doctoral, who are interested in human capital (HR, HRD, OD and management) issues within the developing market economies of Central and Eastern Europe. Students may be interested in micro or macro level issues related to the education, development and management of human resources in Eastern and Central Europe. Each student has the option of focusing on an issue of relevance to their own interests.
Students have considerable latitude in deciding what business, education or human resource issue(s) they wish to research and pursue. For those students interested in cultural awareness and expatriate development, a typical product for the master’s level course is the design and delivery of an orientation/training program for US personnel, preparing them for assignments in either Budapest or Prague. By completing this project, students master the literature on expatriate development.
For those master’s students who are interested in issues other than expatriate development, an alternative assignment is available, and it can be tailored to their specific content interests. This typically involves an independent paper or project on an HRD, HR, OD, education or management topic of relevance to the Czech Republic or Hungary. For doctoral students, this paper could be a preliminary step in the development of their dissertation topic, if they choose to do work in this area.
This course will be of particular interest to those who expect to work for multinationals, anticipate international assignments, or wish to work in expatriate development. Follow the syllabus link to see more about the course content and the range of issues available for study.
If your interest is piqued, please fill-out the on-line request for information form.
For more information about the Professional Master's Program in HRD, please visit us at www.nearyou.gwu.edu/hrd-ax.