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Emeritus Professor John Arnold Pronouns: He/him BA, Nottingham; PhD, Sheffield, FBPsS

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Emeritus Professor of Organisational Behaviour

Affiliated with Work and Organisation

John Arnold is Emeritus Professor at the School of Business and Economics. He was previously Professor of Organisational Behaviour at the School for a total of 24 years over two periods of employment. John is a Fellow and Chartered Occupational Psychologist of the British Psychological Society (BPS). His research, teaching and consultancy involve all areas of careers and their management from both individual and organizational perspectives. Particular interests include career choice, personal development and adjustment, work role transitions, career success and failure, mid/late career change and development, and the impact of career management interventions in organisations.

John is author or co-author of 80 refereed journal articles, the successful textbook Work Psychology (7th edition published in 2020), and the specialist books Understanding Careers 2nd edition (2014) and From Talent Management to Talent Liberation (2020). He is past editor of Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. In 2021 co-edited a special issue of European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology on the practical impact of research in work and organisational psychology. In his Emeritus role he is pursuing various writing projects, assisting past and present doctoral researchers, and contributing his experience to various activities when requested or invited. In particular, he is working with the non-profit organisation Bravestarts in helping people in mid and late career shape their futures. 

John’s research, teaching and consultancy involve all areas of careers and their management from both individual and organisational perspectives. Particular interests include career choice, personal development and adjustment, work role identities and transitions (including the transition into working life), career success and failure, mid/late career issues, and the impact of career management interventions such as mentoring, development centres and succession planning. John is also interested in the interfaces between careers and other related topics such as leadership, work design, ageing and life-span development. 

  • Career choice
  • Personal development and adjustment
  • Work role identities and transitions (including the transition into working life)
  • Career success and failure
  • Mid/late career issues
  • Mentoring
  • Development centres and succession planning

Gubler, M., Arnold, J., & Coombs, C. R. (2014). Reassessing the protean career concept: Empirical findings, conceptual components, and measurement. Journal of Organizational Behavior. 35, S23-S40.

Arnold, J. & Clark, M. (2015). Running the second last lap of the race: A multi-method analysis of growth, generativity and well-being amongst men in mid/late career. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 89, 308-329.  doi: 10.1111/joop.12125.

McConville, D., Arnold, J., & Smith, A. (2016). Employee share ownership, psychological ownership, and work attitudes and behaviours: A phenomenological analysis. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. 89, 634-655. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/joop.12146/epdf

Arnold, J., Coombs, C. R., & Gubler, M. (in press). Career anchors and preferences for organizational career management: A study of information technology professionals in three European countries. International Journal of Human Resource Management, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2017.1380058  

Taneva, S. K., & Arnold, J. (in press). Thriving, surviving and performing in late career: A mixed-method study of pathways to successful aging in organizations. Work, Aging and R