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Michael Driver: a career life to remember

Dianne Sundby (Los Angeles, California, USA)
C. Brooklyn Derr (Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 10 July 2007




The purpose of this paper is to present a retrospective of the career life of Michael Driver, from the time of his Princeton graduate studies and early faculty years at Purdue University through the over three decades he spent at USC.


The history and development of his theoretical and research interests are presented, as well as the many contributions he made to both management consulting and the education of MBA students. His 1970s role in the founding and development of the Careers Division of the Academy of Management and his contributions to career research are highlighted and illuminate one of the critical periods in the renewal of the field. His orientation towards complexity and integration stand out as characteristics that positively impact theory building and research.


Michael Driver's career life was one of depth, scope, growth, and continuity. As a humanist, he would want us to not only continue our pursuits to better understand the complexities of human behavior, but to integrate them into something more meaningful.


This retrospective provides insight into the history and development of Mike Driver's theoretical and research interests and underscores his many contributions. The essay also highlights the history of career studies during the renewal period of the 1970s and 1980s. Hopefully, Mike Driver's legacy will inspire younger scholars to extend the field and carry it forward.



Sundby, D. and Brooklyn Derr, C. (2007), "Michael Driver: a career life to remember", Career Development International, Vol. 12 No. 4, pp. 328-340.



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