Surviving a Boundaryless Creative Career

Mainemelis, Charalampos; Nolas, Sevasti-Melissa and Tsirogianni, Stavroula. 2016. Surviving a Boundaryless Creative Career. Journal of Management Inquiry, 25(3), pp. 262-285. ISSN 1056-4926 [Article]

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Previous research has examined how mobility and career competencies influence success in boundaryless careers. In this study, we flip the direction of those relationships and we explore how the interplay between success and failure relates to subsequent mobility, career competencies, and career evolution through the life span. Using a biographical design, we conceptualize success and failure as critical moments that influence the unfolding of the boundaryless careers of Oscarnominated film directors. While the dominant metaphors of boundaryless careers are those of “paths,” “ladders,” “trajectories,” and “plateaus,” our findings suggest a new metaphor: the roller coaster.

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biography, careers, creativity, filmmaking industry

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5 December 2015Accepted
1 July 2016Published

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11 Jan 2018 11:36

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