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Research interests

My research interests centre on traditional and modern forms of work and careers as well as trust in organizations. I investigate these topics primarily in professional organizations which are undergoing an interesting time of change and I make use of qualitative research methods, including innovate visual methods. Through my research, I strive to develop theoretical understanding of careers and work and to contribute to existing knowledge about the modern world of work.

In 2017, I was awarded the ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellowship to investigate traditional and alternative career models in the law profession capturing the views of individual, organisational and professional stakeholders.

External positions

Visiting researcher, University of Queensland

Nov 2015Dec 2015

Visiting researcher, Lund University

Apr 2015 → …

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Projects 2017 2019

professional career

Research Output 2012 2018

Climbing invisible walls: The construction of career (im)mobility in liminal professional roles

Gustafsson, S. & Empson, L., 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Climbing invisible walls: The construction of career (im)mobility in liminal professional roles

Gustafsson, S. & Empson, L., 1 Jul 2018, Academy of Management Proceedings. Academy of Management

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


It's the glittering prize: Pride as a mechanism of control in professional work

Gustafsson, S. & Karreman, D., 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

1 Citations
Open Access
Law firms
Career paths

Career Knowing: How Early-Stage Management Consultants Develop Sustainable Careers

Tams, S., Chudzikowski, K. & Gustafsson, S., 4 Aug 2017. 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Management consultants
Young workers


Writing the career script: The partnership promotion process in law firms

Author: Gustafsson, S., 1 Jan 2014

Supervisor: Kinnie, N. (Supervisor) & Swart, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD