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Dr. Evgenia Lysova is Assistant Professor of Careers and Organizational Behavior at the department of Management and Organization at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

In 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, Dr. Lysova received the Best Reviewer Award from the Careers Division of the Academy of Management. Her work has been published in the international peer-reviewed journals such as Career Development International. She was a lead author of the article “The role of the spouse in managers’ family-related career sensemaking” that has received Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence 2016: Outstanding Paper.

Dr. Lysova is an active member of the “International Consortium for the Cross-Cultural Study of Contemporary Careers” (5C). The consortium focuses on defining and measuring differences in individual, social and structural influences on definition of career success and adaptation to emerging economic conditions in terms of career management. It currently involves more than 30 countries worldwide.


Her research primarily concerns calling, meaningful work, careers, identity, and proactive work behavior. She focuses on exploring antecedents and outcomes of pursuing meaningful work and calling in one’s work. She is particularly interested in linking calling and meaningful work to career- and work-related behaviors that are proactive in nature and contribute to individuals and organizations. She also researches individuals’ contributions to their careers and their organizations in diverse contexts, including organizational change, entrepreneurship, and creative industries.


She is a master and bachelor thesis coordinator for the HRM Master’s program and a coordinator of the Qualitative Learning Line for Amsterdam Business Research Institute (ABRI) part-time PhD program. She also teaches several courses such as Academic Skills (BSc), Integrated Research Project (BSc), and Research Seminar II (MSc), and she supervises PhD students, Master’s students, and Bachelor students.

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Research Output 2012 2019

Calling and careers: New insights and future directions

Lysova, E. I., Dik, B. J., Duffy, R. D., Khapova, S. N. & Arthur, M. B., 1 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Vocational Behavior.

Research output: Contribution to JournalEditorialAcademicpeer-review

organizational behavior
Open Access
Self Efficacy
Employee creativity
Video Games
computer game

Fostering meaningful work in organizations: A multi-level review and integration

Lysova, E. I., Allan, B. A., Dik, B. J., Duffy, R. D. & Steger, M. F., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Vocational Behavior.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Foster Home Care
Meaningful work

Proactive career behaviors and subjective career success: The moderating role of national culture

Cross-Cultural Collaboration on Contemporary Careers (5C) research collaborative, 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Organizational Behavior.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

national culture
Information Theory
Multilevel Analysis

Activities 2015 2016

  • 4 Lecture / Presentation

When dreams meet reality: A qualitative investigation of entrepreneurs pursuing their passion in the video game industry

E. Lysova (Speaker), P. Kipfelsberger (Speaker), S.N. Khapova (Speaker)
5 Aug 2016

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Linking Psycap and Creativity: The moderating role of supervisor support for creativity and job characteristics

W. Cai (Speaker), E. Lysova (Speaker), B.A.G. Bossink (Speaker), S.N. Khapova (Speaker)
13 Jun 2016

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Founders and the creative-business intent tension in the video game industry: What insights can a calling offer?

E. Lysova (Speaker), S.N. Khapova (Speaker), P.G.W. Jansen (Speaker)

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Calling is Calling: Interdisciplinary and Multi-Level Insights on Its Meaning and Outcomes

E. Lysova (Speaker)
7 Aug 2015

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic


Careers Division Best Reviewer

E. Lysova (Recipient), 2013


Careers Division Best Reviewer

E. Lysova (Recipient), 2016


Careers Division Best Reviewer

E. Lysova (Recipient), 2015


Careers Division Best Reviewer

E. Lysova (Recipient), 2014


Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence 2016: Outstanding Paper

E. Lysova (Recipient), K. Korotov (Recipient), S.N. Khapova (Recipient) & P.G.W. Jansen (Recipient), 2016