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Career entrepreneurship


  • Konstantin Korotov

    () (ESMT European School of Management and Technology)

  • Svetlana Khapova

    () (VU University Amsterdam)

  • Michael B. Arthur

    (Sawyer School of Management, Suffolk University)


This article introduces “career entrepreneurship,” a rapidly spreading phenomenon in the global knowledge-driven economy. Career entrepreneurship involves taking an entrepreneurial approach to managing our careers. It means doing things that seem “illegitimate” to other people and contradict socially-recognized and accepted sequences of work experiences in terms of age, education, or socio-economic progression. This kind of behavior challenges established norms about typical career development. The evidence presented in this article suggests new possibilities for thinking about the way individuals invest in their careers, new insights for organizations interested in capturing the potential of career entrepreneurship, and new ideas for career and life coaches to support people embracing the phenomenon. The article offers a primer on career entrepreneurship to all three groups of readers, calling for more effective collaborative relationships and more effective leveraging of individuals’ career investments.

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  • Konstantin Korotov & Svetlana Khapova & Michael B. Arthur, 2008. "Career entrepreneurship," ESMT Research Working Papers ESMT-08-009 (R1), ESMT European School of Management and Technology, revised 25 Oct 2009.
  • Handle: RePEc:esm:wpaper:esmt-08-009

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