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Home | People | Svetlana Khapova

Svetlana Khapova


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Research field
Human Resources and Organizational Behaviour


Prof. dr. Svetlana Khapova is Full Professor of Careers and Organization Studies at the School of Business and Economic (SBE) of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She is Head of the Department of Management & Organization at SBE. Prior to this appointment, she served as a founding Director of the Amsterdam Business Research Institute (ABRI) and its Graduate School. Next to her appointment at VU, she is a visiting professor at ESMT – European School of Management and Technology in Berlin.

Professor Khapova is a founding Programme Director of the part-time (Executive) PhD programme in business studies at SBE. (https://www.abri.vu.nl/en/executives/parttime/index.aspx)

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 the British Journal of Management, Career Development International, and International Journal of Human Resource Management.

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, International Journal of Management Reviews, Journal of Business and Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, and in a number of edited books.

Key publications


Stephenson, KathleenA., Cornelissen, JoepP. and Khapova, SvetlanaN. (2024). Upbeat or Off-the-Mark? How Work Rhythms Affect Strategic Change Journal of Management Studies, :.

Twemlow, M., Tims, M. and Khapova, SvetlanaN. (2023). A process model of peer reactions to team member proactivity Human Relations, 76(9):1317--1351.

Atanasiu, R., Ruotsalainen, R. and Khapova, S. (2023). A simple rule is born: How CEOs distill heuristics Journal of Management Studies, 60(5):1064--1104.

Arifa, YustikaN., Khapova, SvetlanaN. and El Baroudi, S. (2022). Early Career Stage Academics and Their Expatriation Destination: What Drives Their City Choice in Enhancing Regional Sustainability? Sustainability, 14(22):1--13.

Baroudi, S.E. and Khapova, SvetlanaN. (2021). Academic expatriation to emerging economies: A career perspective Sustainability, 13(8):1--10.

Hupkens, L., Akkermans, J., Solinger, O. and Khapova, S. (2021). The dynamics of subjective career success: A qualitative inquiry Sustainability, 13(14):1--22.

Klijn, A.F.J., Tims, M., Lysova, EvgeniaI. and Khapova, SvetlanaN. (2021). Personal energy at work: A systematic review Sustainability, 13(23):1--49.

Klijn, AlexandraF.J., Tims, M., Lysova, EvgeniaI. and Khapova, SvetlanaN. (2021). Construct dimensionality of personal energy at work and its relationship with health, absenteeism and productivity Sustainability, 13(23):1--13.

de Mol, E., Cardon, MelissaS., de Jong, B., Khapova, SvetlanaN. and Elfring, T. (2020). Entrepreneurial passion diversity in new venture teams: An empirical examination of short- and long-term performance implications Journal of Business Venturing, 35(4):1--18.

El Baroudi, S., Khapova, S., Jansen, P. and Richardson, J. (2019). Individual and contextual predictors of team member proactivity: what do we know and where do we go from here? Human Resource Management Review, 29(4):1--17.

Engel, Y., van Burg, J.C., Kleijn, E. and Khapova, S. (2017). Past career in future thinking: How career management practices shape entrepreneurial decision-making Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 11(2):122--144.

Khapova, S. and Arthur, M. (2011). Interdisciplinary approaches in career studies Human Relations, 64(1):3--17.