Prof. Dr. Svetlana Khapova

Professor of Organizational Behavior at the School of Business and Economics (SBE), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


About Svetlana Khapova

Prof. dr. Svetlana Khapova is a full-professor of Organizational Behavior at the School of Business and Economics (SBE) of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands. She is Head of Management & Organization Department, and Head of the Research Group HRM & Organizational Behavior. Between 2009-2017, she served as a founding Director of Amsterdam Business Research Institute (ABRI). ABRI caters for doctoral education in management and organization studies at VU.


Professor Khapova’s research focuses on careers, employability, and employees’ proactive behavior at work. Internationally, she is known for her work on “the boundaryless career” concept. Currently, she is working on extending her research to examining effects of individual career behaviors on a diversity of individual and organizational outcomes.

Among relevant individual outcomes are well-being, (mental) health, work engagement, creativity and entrepreneurship. Among relevant organizational outcomes are firm performance, new venture creation, team performance.

Professor Khapova held leadership positions at the Academy of Management between 2009-2013, serving as a Division Chair and Program Chair of Careers Division. She also organized and chaired many international conferences on the topic of careers, and co-convened the careers sub-tracks of the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS). In 2021, together with her colleagues, Professor Khapova will host EGOS conference in Amsterdam.

Potential PhD topics

  • Careers, employability, job-search, effects of pandemic on individual careers and employment
  • Team behaviors, collaborations and inclusion at the times of pandemic and beyond
  • Extending understanding of leadership in light of AI and Big Data


  • Personal brand equity: Scale development and validation.

    Gorbatov, S., Khapova, S. N., Oostrom, J. K., & Lysova, E. I.
    Personnel Psychology, (2020, in press).
  • Entrepreneurial passion diversity in new venture teams: An empirical examination of short-and long-term performance implications.

    de Mol, E., Cardon, M. S., de Jong, B., Khapova, S. N., & Elfring, T.
    Journal of Business Venturing, 35(4), (2020).
  • Enacting creative calling when established career structures are not in place: the case of the Dutch video game industry.

    Lysova, E. I., & Khapova, S. N.
    Journal of Vocational Behavior, 114, 31-43, (2020).
  • An intelligent career: Taking ownership of your work and your life.

    Arthur, M. B., Khapova, S. N., & Richardson, J.
    Oxford University Press, (2017).
  • Career success in a boundaryless career world.

    Arthur, M. B., Khapova, S. N., & Wilderom, C. P.
    Journal of Organizational Behavior, 26(2), 177-202, (2005).

Further information and contacts

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For more information about our doctoral programs and all relevant information please download our PhD Brochure 2020 or check our website. You can also always email Sandra Hasanefendic, PhD (Director International PhD Recruitment, marketing and promotion) at for expression of interest and personal support in the process of application.

If you would like to discuss the opportunity of doing a PhD at the VU Amsterdam please feel free to make an appointment or send an e-mail. We are also open for possibilities of double and joined PhD degrees.

You can find more information about Professor Khapova’s work on her personal website.

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