22 Career Dynamics

Industrial and Organizational Psychology


  1. Jeffrey H. Greenhaus PhD1,
  2. Gerard A. Callanan PhD2

Published Online: 26 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118133880.hop212022

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Greenhaus, J. H. and Callanan, G. A. 2012. Career Dynamics. Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition. 12:IV:22.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Drexel University, Department of Management, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

  2. 2

    West Chester University, Department of Management, West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 SEP 2012


This chapter examines recent developments in theory and research regarding career dynamics. We first discuss changes in the world of work, focusing on the turbulence of the contemporary economy and the resultant movement toward a more market-driven approach to managing human resources that has produced changes in the construal and enactment of careers. We then examine theory and research in five specific areas that are critical to understanding contemporary careers—career success, mentoring, career development, international careers, and entrepreneurial careers—and provide suggestions for future research in each area.


  • career;
  • career success;
  • mentoring;
  • international careers;
  • entrepreneurial careers