Areas of Expertise

  • Human Resource and Organization Development
  • Studying Organizational Change
  • Evaluating Executive Development


  • Action Research
  • Learning Organizations
  • Informal and Incidental Learning



  •  PhD in Educational Administration, 1981
    The University of Texas at Austin


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Research Summary

Author or co-author of 6 books, over 80 articles, and numerous book chapters, Karen’s scholarly interests include incidental learning, action science, and organizational learning assessment. Watkins and Marsick developed and validated the Dimensions of the Learning Organization Questionnaire used in over 90 published studies.

Awards and Accolades

Scholar Hall of Fame

Academy of Human Resource Development, 2014

Hall of Fame

International Adult and Continuing Education, 2003

Outstanding HRD Scholar

Academy of Human Resource Development, 1999

Distinguished Graduate, Community College Leadership Program

The University of Texas at Austin, 2001

Delegate United Nations Colloquium "Learning Never Ends"

UNESCO and AARP, 1999