Special issue on Overcoming a Career Crisis

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 2 October 2007



(2007), "Special issue on Overcoming a Career Crisis", Career Development International, Vol. 12 No. 6. https://doi.org/10.1108/cdi.2007.13712faa.001



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Special issue on Overcoming a Career Crisis

Special issue on Overcoming a Career Crisis

Career Development International will publish a Special Issue in early 2009 on ''Overcoming a Career Crisis''. It will be edited by Susan Adams (Bentley College, USA).

Derailed careers can elicit a variety of responses – determined efforts to rebound, altered career paths, changes in career fields, and acceptance of a lower states than previously desired. Careers research has identified and explained much about the numerous reasons individuals experience setbacks and crises, yet, less is known about how to overcome these disappointing or embarrassing predicaments. Two books, Career Barriers: How People Experience, Overcome, and Avoid Failure by Manuel London (1997, TF-LEA) and Firing Back: How Great Leaders Rebound after Career Disasters by Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and Andrew Ward (2007, Harvard Business School Press) suggest that there are ways that some people are able to overcome setbacks. Building on these two examples of work in this area, the Special Issue is intended to update the research for the masses that experience a career crisis. Who are the people that can overcome setbacks? What do they do? How do they conceptualize their careers and define career success? Why are some people more successful than others in rebounding? Which strategies are more successful? What are the implications of different strategies?

In selecting papers for this Special Issue, the Guest Editor will give priority to papers that contribute to an understanding of the factors associated with career advancement, however defined, in spite of a career crisis. Both, conceptual and empirical submissions (qualitative and quantitative) are encouraged.

Contributors should note the following:

  • Manuscripts should broadly fit the theme of this Special Issue;

  • Manuscripts will be selected based on their quality and contribution to the understanding of how to overcome a career in crisis; and

  • Manuscripts should be 5,000-7,000 words in length and should be set out according to the format indicated in the journal's Author Guidelines (see www.emeraldinsight.com/journals/cdi/notes.htm)

All submissions must be original contributions and must not under consideration elsewhere.

Manuscripts should be sent via e-mail to the Guest Editor, Susan Adams at: sadams@bentley.edu The closing date for submission of manuscripts is 7 March 2008. Publication of the issue is scheduled tentatively for early 2009.

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