This book is written by three professors deeply focused on the changes in people’s careers around the globe. All three are award-winning educators and researchers, and all three share the same conviction – that responsibility for careers has permanently shifted to the individual worker. In this book they describe how you, the reader, can apply your intelligence to and take ownership of your own career.

Meet The Authors


Michael B. Arthur

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Michael B Arthur is professor of management at Suffolk University, Boston. He has worked extensively on “intelligent careers,” including the development of the “Intelligent Career Card Sort®” career exploration instrument. He is widely known for the Handbook of Career Theory and The Boundaryless Career, and received the Academy of Management’s Everett Hughes Award for distinguished careers scholarship in 2006.

Svetlana N. Khapova

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Svetlana N. Khapova is professor of careers and organization studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and director of the VU School of Management and Amsterdam Business Research Institute. She studies how individuals draw on their careers to innovate, and uses her research interest to help managers who are part of her PhD programs to bring innovation into their firms.

Julia Richardson

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Julia Richardson is associate professor of human resource management at Curtin Business School in Perth, Australia. She has pursued a global career across Asia, New Zealand and North America. She is author of The Independent Expatriate, co-editor of “New Ways of Organizing Work” and has received multiple awards – for example the Emerald Literati Award and Verity International Award – for her teaching and research.