Study Abroad in Thailand | LSU School of Leadership & Human Resource Development

Tigers in Thailand


Winter-session 2022 will find you in Thailand as part of the Global Leadership Program with Dr. Oliver Crocco and Dr. Edward Gibbons. You and your classmates will be immersed in Thailand, traveling first to Bangkok, the nation's capital, then to Chiang Mai, the largest city in Northern Thailand. There you will explore the language, culture and history of Thailand and how these components affect the workplace. 

ariel view of chiang mai, thailand

A few words from Dr. Oliver Crocco: 

"As cultures and economies are increasingly interconnected, the presence of globalization is visible in nearly every aspect of life and work. Global workforce mobility has led to workplaces around the globe becoming more diverse with people bringing their various worldviews and identities to work. Organizations are also increasingly interacting with stakeholders from multiple cultural backgrounds and international contexts. Still, much of the workforce is not competent enough to work in globalized and cross-cultural environments. There is a lack of global leadership in many organizations today.

Preparing students and professionals in every industry to become global leaders who can face global challenges in today’s organizations requires specialized training and focus on global leadership development. It is incumbent on leaders and human resource development professionals whether in higher education, organizations, or communities to enable and empower others to think at a global level and use their knowledge and skills to address the global challenges they face."


  • Analyze frameworks of global leadership
  • Describe how culture, history, religion, and language influence global leadership in organizations
  • Identify global challenges faced by leaders in for-profit, NGOs, and educational organizations
  • Define the particular global leader characteristics that drive effective leadership processes in international organizations
  • Apply the concepts, approaches, models, and processes of global leadership to their own global leadership development. 

Course Information

Course Offered: Winter-session, 2022

Course Information: We are so excited about our Global Leadership in Thailand study abroad program where students can take two LHRD courses out of the three we offer:

  • LHRD 3723: Concepts and Principles of Leadership
  • LHRD 4809: Advanced Problems in Leadership and Human Resource Development [Independent Study]
  • LHRD 4901: Global Leadership

These courses can be used towards your LHRD, LXID, and/or the Leadership Development Minor on-campus program(s).

Course Registration



Dr. Oliver S. Crocco is an Assistant Professor of Leadership and Human Resource Development at Louisiana State University (LSU). AT LSU, Dr. Crocco teaches Advanced Mixed Methods Research, Program Development and Evaluation, Evaluation in Human Resource Development, Principles of Workforce Development, and Global Leadership. Before coming to LSU, Dr. Crocco was a Lecturer of Human and Organizational Learning at the George Washington University (GW) in Washington, D.C. where he began working with the American National Standards Institute on a project that examines the impact of recertification across a variety of occupations and industries. He received his Ed.D. in Human and Organizational Learning from GW and his Ed.M. from Harvard University in Human Development and Psychology. Coming from his four years working at Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand Dr. Crocco is also passionate about organizational development and change of community-based organizations. While in Thailand, he collaboratively developed a certificate program in organizational development that was offered to community-based organization workers in Myanmar and along the Thai-Myanmar border. Dr. Crocco’s research focuses on evaluation in HRD, HRD in Southeast Asia, strengthening human resource development research and education through higher education, and enhancing cultural competence in university and work contexts. He is the Chair of the Leadership Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Association of Human Resource Development.

Dr. Edward Gibbons is an Instructor and LHRD Undergraduate Program Manager in the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development at Louisiana State University (LSU). After six years in the U.S. Marine Corps, he transitioned to the private sector focusing primarily on workforce and leadership development, C-level services, and corporate turnaround efforts. Dr. Gibbons instructs undergraduate courses in Human Resource Development, for the School Leadership and Human Resource Development, and Master of Business Administration courses in Organizational Behavior for the E.J. Ourso College of Business. Additionally, he is a consultant with Success Labs, a Louisiana based management consulting firm that offers guidance on leadership development, executive coaching, organizational development, and strategic & succession planning to companies positioned in the industrial sector. He has collaborated with numerous Fortune 500 & 1000 companies such as Fluor Federal Petroleum, CF Industries, Genesis Energy, Albemarle Corporation, and Axiall Corporation, successfully developing their leadership teams and high potential talent. For his most recent assignment, Dr. Gibbons served as a turn-around executive and interim COO to a Baton Rouge-based firm specializing in electrical apparatus and equipment distribution to the industrial, utility, and commercial sectors. For his current consulting engagement, Dr. Gibbons is serving as an interim COO to a Mississippi based, organic pesticide manufacturer. He received a bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University in 2005 and graduated with an MBA from Tulane University in 2011 where he briefly studied abroad in Shanghai, China. In 2015, he graduated with a Master of Science in Workforce Development and a PhD in Human Resource and Organizational Development from LSU in 2016.

Program Contacts

 Oliver Crocco
Oliver Crocco, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor
Program Coordinator

Edward Gibbons

Edward Gibbons, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Professional Practice


Information & Resourses

 LSU Academic Programs Abroad

CHSE Study Abroad Scholarship

CHSE GA TIGER Travel Grant Program

Study Abroad Scholarship Program