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Prof. dr. Svetlana Khapova holds the Fenna Diemer-Lindeboom chair in Careers and Organization Studies at the School of Business and Economic (SBE) of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. For several years, she was the Scientific Director of the Amsterdam Business Research Institute (ABRI), and is one of the founders of the institute. ABRI caters to research and graduate education in business and organization, and is a collaboration between two universities: VU University Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam. She also holds a visiting professor position at ESMT – European School of Management and Technology. 
She developed the doctoral education of the Amsterdam Business Research Institute, which currently offers a part-time PhD program for practicing managers. She believes that learning to ask right questions, identify and examine central issues, and draw relevant conclusions are essential skills of contemporary business leaders and executives. With a growing shift in the definition of leadership, toward more collective and shared responsibilities, leaders need to become ‘reflective scholars’ to succeed in complex business environments.

Professor Khapova held leadership positions at the Academy of Management between 2009-2013, serving as a Division Chair and Program Chair of Careers Division. She also organized and chaired many international conferences on the topic of careers, and co-convened the careers sub-track of the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) in Amsterdam 2008, Barcelona 2009, and Lisbon 2010.

She is on the editorial boards of British Journal of Management and The International Journal of Human Resource Management. She also served on the board of the Dutch Foundation of Management Development (NFMD).


Her research focuses on the link between careers and institutions. She studies individual careers as a resource upon which both individuals and organizations draw to innovate. For example, her studies concern employees, who take initiative to make change in their work environment; nascent entrepreneurs, who draw on their past career experiences, to make their ventures successful; board members, who guided by their career aspirations, define future of their firms; and knowledge workers, who through enacting their careers, develop regional economies. Her research has been funded by various scientific and business foundations, among which are grants from the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO), Pieken in de Delta, and many other. Her work has been published in the international peer-reviewed journals: Human Relations, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Career Development International, and in a number of edited books.


  • Program Director and lecturer in the Part-Time PhD programfor executives
  • Coordinator and lecturer in the MSc course “Careers and Organizations”
  • Program Director and lecturer in the Research Master “Business in Society”

Prizes and Awards

For her research and leadership efforts, she was nominated for De Jonge Academie KNAW (in 2011), and the Jubilee Prize of the Landelijk Netwerk Vrouwelijke Hoogleraren (in 2011) by the Faculty Board of FEWEB (VU). Her awards include: the Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service by Careers division of the Academy of Management, Orlando, 2013; the Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service by Academy of Management, Montreal, 2010; the Highly Commended Award (2008) from Emerald Publishing Group; the Small Group Meeting grant from the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (2008); the Best Reviewer Award (2007) and a nomination for the Best Symposium Award (2007) by Careers Division of the Academy of Management. In 2006 and 2013, she was nominated for the Best Lecturer award of SBE (VU).

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Research Output 1999 2019

Career boundarylessness and career success: A review, integration and guide to future research

Guan, Y., Arthur, M. B., Khapova, S. N., Hall, R. J. & Lord, R. G., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Vocational Behavior.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Career Mobility
Career success
Boundaryless career
Open Access
Self Efficacy
Employee creativity
Video Games
computer game

Individual and contextual predictors of team member proactivity: what do we know and where do we go from here?

El Baroudi, S., Khapova, S. N., Jansen, P. & Richardson, J., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Human Resource Management Review.

Research output: Contribution to JournalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

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 2007 2018

  • 20 Lecture / Presentation
  • 2 Editorial work
  • 1 Conference

The 21st century school-to-work transition: Improving the working lives of young people

Blokker, R. (Speaker), Akkermans, T. J. (Speaker), Jansen, P. G. W. (Speaker), Khapova, S. N. (Speaker)
13 Aug 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

School-to-work transition in the contemporary career: An interdisciplinary systematic review

Akkermans, T. J. (Speaker), Blokker, R. (Speaker), Khapova, S. N. (Speaker), Jansen, P. G. W. (Speaker)
7 Aug 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

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

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

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

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

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

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic