People, places, and life transitions: Consequential experiences in the lives of management laureates

Academic Article


  • We analyzed the autobiographies of 55 "management laureates" to learn how their life experiences influenced their careers and intellectual contributions. Our results indicate the probability of becoming a management laureate is enhanced by (a) receiving a doctoral degree from a prestigious university under the tutelage of an accomplished scholar; (b) seeking out and affiliating with a hot group at the beginning of one's career; (c) devoting a majority of one's energy to research; and (d) pursuing a research agenda with long-term implications, as reputations are rarely established early in one's career.
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 2987954
  • Author List

  • Ford EW; Duncan WJ; Bedeian AG; Ginter PM
  • Start Page

  • 408
  • End Page

  • 421
  • Volume

  • 5
  • Issue

  • 4