An Intelligent Career 


The book An Intelligent Career: Taking Ownership of Your Work and Your Life is a unique resource for taking ownership of your career. Drawing on examples and insights from around the globe, this book explains how you can take stock of your situation; determine future action; combine assets such as your commitment, experience and relationships; and earn greater career success on your own terms. The book also shows managers, consultants and counselors how they can support people’s intelligent careers.

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Svetlana N. Khapova

Professor of career studies

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The Netherlands 

Michael B. Arthur 

Professor of management

Suffolk University, Boston

United States of America 


Julia Richardson

Professor of HRM

Curtin Business School in Perth 


An Intelligent Career Community

Pursuing An Intelligent Career means taking ownership, but also sharing with others and learning from others. Watch our videos to see how book clubs can use the book to create a career development community. 

See Michael's reading at Andover Bookstore, January 10, 2017 (51 minutes, including Q & A session; reading begins at 4 mins 20 secs).

See highlights from Michael's event at Suffolk University, January 26, 2017 (13 minutes).

What people are saying

Fida Afiouni

Associate Professor of HRM at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon

"A fascinating book that does not provide pre-packaged answers but rather guides the reader towards a journey of self-reflection. The book is well paced and provides ample examples that readers around the globe can relate to, engage with, and gain new perspectives to better navigate their work-life while remaining true to themselves. A genuine call for action.  An empowering read!"

Wolfgang Hennen

CFO and Chief HR Officer at Lidl Belgium

"An appealing wake-up call, with academically supported practical advice, structured storytelling, cutting-edge approaches and historical best practices. An inspiring guide to life and career, to be put into the hands of every ambitious information worker. A real treasure."

Fons Trompenaars

Partner at KPMG, People & Change and author of the best seller Riding the Waves of Culture

"This book clearly outlines strategies for the people of today to fulfill their careers in successful ways by integrating life perspectives with work in a most creative way, and all loaded with real life examples. A must read!" 

Pam Lassiter

Principal, Lassiter Consulting and author of the Wall Street Journal award-winning The New Job Security

"An Intelligent Career takes readers beyond a psychological approach to career consulting into emphasizing the value of your own experience integrated into the real world, including emerging technology. Your career decisions are now in context, so you can approach your career future with greater conviction."

Herminia Ibarra

Professor, INSEAD Fontainbleau and author of the best seller Working Identity and Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader

"With a wealth of scientific evidence, sharp insights, and countless stories, this book will help you answer your own career questions intelligently. Whether you want to explore new career possibilities or simply work more authentically right where you are, this book is essential reading." 

Joe Griesedieck

Vice Chairman, Global Board & CEO Services, Korn Ferry

"Demand for business contributors who are highly motivated, agile learners, and understand the value of shared leadership is higher than at any time in history. An Intelligent Career is a terrific primer for anyone seeking to be rewarded not only with professional success, but with great personal satisfaction."

Mark Savickas

Professor, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and author of Life Design Counseling Manual and Career Counseling

"An Intelligent Career provides insight and inspiration for how to use work to become the person you want to be, rather than be used by work and left behind as the digital revolution changes the landscape of careers. This splendid book will greatly increase your knowledge of why, how, and when to make your next career move."

Nick van Dam

Global CLO at McKinsey & Company and Professor at Nyenrode Business University

"The digital age makes continued learning and conscious career decision-making a number one priority in order to stay relevant in today's workforce. An Intelligent Career is a compelling and stimulating read which provides readers with invaluable insights and practical advice on how to manage your career in the 21st century. A must-read for everybody who cares about their careers."

Larry Smith

Associate Professor, University of Waterloo and author of No Fears, No Excuses: What You Need to Do to Have a Great Career

"A clear and comprehensive exploration of the fundamentals that underlie career success."

David Clutterbuck

Principal, David Clutterbuck Partnership and author of The Talent Wave: Why Succession Planning Fails and What to Do About I

"Modern careers take place in conditions of uncertainty, disruption, and emergence. While most of us can't control our careers, we can create propensity for success by becoming more aware of current and potential change and adapting ourselves so that we can take advantage of emergent opportunities. If career self-management is about creating an adaptive mindset, then An Intelligent Career provides a practical toolkit for survival in this environment."

Adam Grant

Professor, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take

"You need to own your career, on your own terms, and also see what your career can do for others. This book shows you how." 


Denise Rousseau

Professor, Carnegie Mellon University and author of the Academy of Management Book Award winner I-Deals

"An Intelligent Career shows how individuals can better manage their own work lives through self-knowledge, proactivity and problem solving. At the same time, it makes the case that self-management doesn't mean going it alone. This book informs employers and policy makers about the critical supports that make intelligent careers possible."

Brigid Schulte

Author of the New York Times bestselling Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time and director of The Better Life Lab at New America

"The old bargain of life-long employment is rapidly fading, yet An Intelligent Career offers a hopeful vision. Insightful, provocative and immensely practical, this is a guidebook for how to carve a path in this new world of work on your own terms." 

Douglas (Tim) Hall

Professor, Boston University and author of Careers Around the World and Careers In and Out of Organizations

"Written by three of the most eminent people studying careers today, this book helps you find your personal answers to some of the most pressing questions about you and your career, such as: What am I good at? What drives me? How do I work best? and Who can help me thrive? This book is a rich, concise, and beautifully written distillation of years of research and thinking (by the authors and others, such as Ellen Langer, Edgar Schein, and Mary Catherine Bateson) about the different types of career intelligence. It provides clear, concise steps for taking stock (growing your self-awareness) and taking action (achieving success.) The final chapter, 'Building Your World' is beautifully written and provides enough wisdom and inspiration to make it alone worth the price of the book! You or someone you love should definitely have a copy of An Intelligent Career!"

Sydney Finkelstein

Professor, Dartmouth College and author of Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent

"Carefully researched and easily accessible, An Intelligent Career will help you think about and manage your career in immensely practical ways. Chock full of interesting stories with deep insights, this book should be required reading not just for millennials but for anyone looking to reassert ownership of their own career." 

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