People, places, and life transitions: Consequential experiences in the lives of management laureates

Eric W. Ford, W. Jack Duncan, Arthur G. Bedeian, Peter M. Ginter

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Abstract

We analyzed the autobiographies of 55 "management laureates" to learn how their life experiences influenced their careers and intellectual contributions. Our results indicate the probability of becoming a management laureate is enhanced by (a) receiving a doctoral degree from a prestigious university under the tutelage of an accomplished scholar; (b) seeking out and affiliating with a hot group at the beginning of one's career; (c) devoting a majority of one's energy to research; and (d) pursuing a research agenda with long-term implications, as reputations are rarely established early in one's career.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)408-421
Number of pages14
JournalAcademy of Management Learning and Education
Volume5
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Education

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