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Habte Woldu

Habte Woldu

Clinical Professor - Management

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Economics
Academy of Economics,Poland - 1986
M.S. - Economics
Academy of Economics, Poznan, Poland - 1981

Research Areas

Research Interests

Research in comparative cultural studies, measuring national and organizational cultures. Analysis of East European human resources in cultural perspectives. Determining the emphasis of Dallas-based international corporations on training programs. International trade and foreign direct investment.

Teaching International Business, International Marketing, Comparative Management methods Global Economics, Area Studies: East Europe, Far East: China and Area studies: South Africa as well as teaching MBA Global Online courses: International Marketing Management and Comparative Management Methods.

Organizing seminars on trade and Investment in Africa and East Europe and study tours to East European, Far East: China and African countries and Participating in International Conferences.


Is the Mexican Culture Becoming Similar to That of Unites States in Post-NAFTA Era? Viewing Both Cultures Through Four Cultural Dimensions, With Skuza, A. Academy of International Business and Public Disciplines, AIBPD Annual Conferece Procedding, CD version, Dallas, Texas, April 2009 2009 - Publication
Enhancing Organizational Responsiveness by Developing Employees' Transferable Skills: The Case of Poland, With Skuza A. Academy of International Business and Public Disciplines, AIBPD Annual Conference Proceeding, CD version, Dallas, Taxas April 2009 2009 - Publication
A Comparative Analysis of Cultural Value Orientations of Indians and Migrant Indians in USA. With P. Budhwar, and E. Ogbonna. International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management. 8.1 (2008): 79-105. 2008 - Publication
A Framework of Learning Organization: From Learning Organization Context to Employee Learning Orientation. With Agnieszka Olsztynska. 33rd EIBA Annual Conference, Political Science. University of Catania, Italy: December 13-16, 2007. 2007 - Publication
A Cross-national Comparison of Cultural Value Orientations of Indian, Polish, Russian and American Employees. With P. Budhwar, and C. Parkes. Journal of International Human Resource Management. 17.19 (2006): 1058-1094. 2006 - Publication
Is Turkey Culturally Different than the European Union Members? The Case of Austria, Poland and Turkey. With Agnieszka Olsztynska. Asian International Business, Annual Conference. Bangkok, Thailand: December 2006. 2006 - Publication
Price Changes of Polish Agricultural Products after Poland's Accession to European Union. With Agnieszka Olsztynska. Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Product Management Challenges of the Future in Marketing. Poznan, Poland: May 18-20, 2006. 2006 - Publication
Determining the Direction of African Trade. With K. Ofori-Brobbey. Proceedings of the 3rd EAF-EARO International Symposium on Economic Development Studies. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: June 2005. 2005 - Publication


Visiting Professor
St. Petersburg Technical University, St. Petersburg, Russia [1995–1995]
Senior Lecturer III
University of Texas at Dallas [1993–Present]
Research Assistant
University of Texas at Dallas [1993–1993]
Richland College, Dallas [1989–1992]
Assistant Professor
Academy of Economics, Poznan, Poland [1986–1988]

Additional Information

Courses Taught
  • Graduate: Comparative Management Methods, International Marketing Management, Global Economy, Area Study: East Europe, Area Studies: Africa and Comparative Economic Policies
  • Undergraduate: International Business, International Marketing, Macro and Microeconomics, and Human Resource Management
National and International Professional Activities
  • World Business Congress
  • Academy of International Business Southwest Conference
  • Eastern Academy of Management International Conference
  • Academy of Management
  • Asian Academy of Management
  • British Academy of Management
  • EAF International Conference-Western Michigan University
  • East Forum Biannual Conference
  • International Human Resources Management
  • Poznan (Poland) Academy of Economics
  • Southwest Business Symposium Conference
  • Texas Conference on Organization
  • The Society for Advancement of Management
Service for the University
  • Proposed and Presented to the OSIM and Undergraduate Committee the Idea of Creating Undergraduate International Business Concentration. The Project Has Been Supported by Committee and OSIM Faculty Members Unanimously.
  • Attends Regularly, Research Presentation Seminars Conducted by Outside Researchers, Job Candidates And Invited Professors in OSIM Area.
  • Volunteers in the Evaluation of All Junior Job Applicants in the School of Management. Coordinator of Foreign Study Trips for the School Of Management, 2000-Present.
  • Co-chair of Committee of Student Life, University of Texas at Dallas, (2000-present)
  • Coordinator of Foreign Study Trips, School of Management, University of Texas at Dallas, 2000-present
  • Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Member for the School of Management at University of Texas at Dallas (1994-Present)
  • Advisory Committee member for African Students Union, University of Texas at Dallas, 2000- present
  • Presented a paper titled “How the African National Cultures Fit with that of the United States: The Influence of Culture on Doing Business in Africa”, Global Business Conference, Greater Dallas Chamber, September 29, 2000
  • Developed Two Curricula for MBA Online Program Courses, School of Management, UTD, Spring, 2000 and 2001
  • Developed and Proposed a New Curriculum for UG in the School of Management International Human Resource Management/Cross-Cultural Management (1999)
  • Developed a New Curriculum, East European Studies: Area Study--Poland in the School of Management, 1999
  • Managed to Establish Cooperative Activities between UTD School of Management and Academy of Economics, Poznan, Poland and School of Business, Prague which Include Overseas Study Tour Programs and Collaborative Research.
  • Presented a Paper under the title "Countries That Belong to a Specific Region Show Cultural Similarities, but Convergence Exists among the Culture of Certain Specific Groups of People across Regions", School of Management, University of Texas at Dallas, April, 1999
  • Regional Coordinator of the 1999 Annual Conference of the National Association of African- American Studies, Houston, 1999
  • Presented a paper on Business Opportunities for Greater-Dallas Chamber Members, World Trade Center, December, 1998
  • Helped organize a Seminar on "Trade and Investment Opportunities in Ethiopia", Greater Dallas Chamber at the World Trade Center, December, 1998
  • Gave a lecture on "How Culture Affects Business Practice" for MBA Students and Professors at the School of Marketing, Poznan, Poland, June 29, 1998
  • Organizes and leads a study tour to the Southern African countries
  • Primary and Secondary Reader: Honor’s Thesis (1994-present)
  • Independent Studies Supervisor (1994-present)
  • Lecture on Global Perspectives for freshman UTD students (1993-present)
  • Participates in the orientation and recruitment of potential candidates among high school students for the School of Management at UTD (1994--present)
  • Russian-American School of Management Studies Committee Member (1994-1996)

News Articles

Prof's Human Resource Paper Wins Recognition
Prof's Human Resource Paper Wins Recognition The U.S. Academy of Management has recognized a paper by UT Dallas School of Management faculty member Habte Woldu, Ph.D., as one of the most influential papers published in the field of international human resource management during 2005 and 2006. Dr. Woldu is the lead author of “A Cross-National Comparison of Cultural Value Orientations of Indian, Polish, Russian and American Employees,” which the International Journal of Human Resources published in its June 2006 issue. Co-authors of the paper are Pawan S. Budhwar and Carole Parkes, both faculty members at the Aston Business School, Aston University, in Birmingham, England. Their paper is among 26 the international committee of the U.S. Academy of Management chose to receive its first Scholarly Research Award, which recognizes scholars who have advanced international human resource management in a significant way through a single piece of published work.
Cultural Assimilation Study Draws Intense Interest
Though recognized among “The 50 Most Frequently Read Articles” by the International Journal of Cross Cultural Management (IJCCM), Dr. Habte Woldu’s recent study actually sits in the Top 20. Woldu, a faculty member in the UT Dallas School of Management, published “A Comparative Analysis of Cultural Value Orientations of Indians and Migrant Indians in the USA” in April. Barely a month later, the study was garnering enormous attention. It’s the 17th-most-read paper among the Top 50 published in IJCCM between 2003 and 2008. “For the first time we are measuring cultural values using certain numbers—a quantitative approach,” Woldu said. “It’s a unique approach, trying to measure culture with numbers instead of words, or qualitative techniques.” Habte explains the work with an example that, for him, hits close to home.
Study Finds Culture Gap With Mexico Narrowing
The cultural divide that has existed between the U.S. and Mexico is slowly diminishing, at least among young, educated professionals, research by a UT Dallas professor has found. The study, co-authored by School of Management faculty member Dr. Habte Woldu, reveals that the cultural differences between the two nations as a whole have remained unchanged. However, when controlling for age, gender, education and occupation, the research indicates that younger, more educated, professional Mexicans demonstrate more cultural assimilation with the U.S. cultural value system. These findings could have important implications for international managers designing human resource and cross-cultural management strategies, Woldu said. The study could also enhance communication and understanding of the two cultures, he said.