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  • 1.  Celebrating Professor Hugh Gunz

    Posted 01-26-2024 19:53
    Edited by Victor Chen 01-28-2024 13:12

    On behalf of @Yehuda Baruch and the Careers Community,

    With heavy hearts, we regret to inform you that Professor Hugh Gunz passed away. We join Hugh's family in grieving this loss, and celebrating the incredible impact that Hugh had on our community. In particular, Hugh had been an active member and leader of the Careers Division of the Academy of Management, Charing it in 2000.
    Hugh was a world-class scholar, an innovative leader, a mentor, a friend, a father, a grandfather, and so much more. He welcomed and mentored dozens of faculty and staff, developed new academic programs, and was instrumental in shaping the Rotman School of Management, Department of Management – UTM, and the Institute for Management & Innovation. He served as Associate Dean, Programs at Rotman, Chair at Management, and the inaugural Director at IMI.
    Hugh inspired excellence, and more importantly, created a culture of inclusiveness, support, and engagement for all who were lucky enough to work with and learn from him. He was a gifted researcher, evidenced by his decades of influential papers, books, collaborative studies, and leadership positions at the University. Hugh was an engaging speaker and lifelong champion of growth.  His warm, welcoming approach to leadership played a significant role in fostering the careers of staff, faculty, and students across his University. 
    Among his most influential contributions are the following publications:
    Inkson, K., Gunz, H., Ganesh, S., & Roper, J. (2012). Boundaryless careers: Bringing back boundaries. Organization Studies, 33(3), 323-340. https://doi.org/10.1177/0170840611435600
    Gunz, H. P., & Heslin, P. A. (2005). Reconceptualizing career success. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 26(2), 105-111. https://doi.org/10.1002/job.300
    Gunz, H. P., & Peiperl, M. (2007). Handbook of career studies. SAGE publications.
    Gunz, H., Evans, M., & Jalland, M. (2000). Career boundaries in a 'boundaryless' world. Career frontiers: New conceptions of working lives, 24-53.
    Gunz, H. P., & Jalland, R. M. (1996). Managerial careers and business strategies. Academy of Management Review, 21(3), 718-756. https://doi.org/10.5465/amr.1996.9702100313
    Baruch, Y., Szűcs, N., & Gunz, H. (2015). Career studies in search of theory: The rise and rise of concepts. Career Development International, 20(1), 3-20.
    Gunz, H. P., & Gunz, S. P. (1994). Professional/organizational commitment and job satisfaction for employed lawyers. Human Relations, 47(7), 801-828.
    Gunz, H. (1989). The dual meaning of managerial careers: Organizational and individual levels of analysis. Journal of Management Studies, 26(3), 225-250.
    He continued his scholarly work. Among his recent work are publications like :
    Andresen, M., Apospori, E., Gunz, H., Suzanne, P. A., Taniguchi, M., Lysova, E. I., ... & Zikic, J. (2020). Careers in context: An international study of career goals as mesostructure between societies' career‐related human potential and proactive career behaviour. Human Resource Management Journal, 30(3), 365-391.
    Andresen, M., Apospori, E., Gunz, H., Cotton, R., Hall, D. T., Shen, Y., ... & Parry, E. (2023). Individuals' career perceptions in different institutionalized contexts: A comparative study of career actors in liberal, coordinated, hierarchical and mediterranean market economies. Human Resource Management Journal, https://doi.org/10.1111/1748-8583.12541
    Gunz, H. (2023). Self-initiated expatriation: a career perspective through a social chronology lens. Career Development International, 28(4), 348-358.
    Mayrhofer, W., & Gunz, H. (2023). From wallflower to life and soul of the party: acknowledging time's role at center stage in the study of careers. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 34(3), 562-604. https://doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2022.2075234

    Denise Jepsen
    Division Chair, Careers

  • 2.  RE: Celebrating Professor Hugh Gunz

    Posted 01-27-2024 10:58

    Thank you, Yehuda, for this tribute. I am saddened by this loss to the field and profession. Hugh was a kind and generous scholar, as well as an impactful one, and a very fine person. I will miss him.

    Gina Dokko
    UC Davis
    Davis CA

  • 3.  RE: Celebrating Professor Hugh Gunz

    Posted 01-28-2024 10:43

    I am so sorry to hear about Hugh's passing.  Since I met Hugh at the Careers Division business meeting many years ago,  I have always enjoyed our brief encounters at the annual meetings.  I also really appreciated his writing and theorizing, and his willingness to engage with me and others in exploring new and nascent ideas.  He was a fine contributor to our field, and a fine human being.  I will miss him.


    Kathy Kram



    Kathy E. Kram, PhD

    Shipley Professor in Management Emerita

    24 Crestwood Drive

    Framingham, MA 01701




  • 4.  RE: Celebrating Professor Hugh Gunz

    Posted 01-30-2024 09:42

    Hugh's passing made me deeply, deeply, deeply sad. At the same time, I would like to express my deepest gratitude for the blessed opportunity I had to work with him, learn from him and laugh with him. Hugh was a generous colleague passing his knowledge in a paradigmatically easy manner. Hugh was humble,  courteous and unsurpassably witty. I will miss   him.


    Eleni Apospori

    Professor of Organizational Behavior

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  • 5.  RE: Celebrating Professor Hugh Gunz

    Posted 01-28-2024 07:09
    I speak from the bottom of my heart when I say that this news makes me very sad.At the same time, I consider myself lucky that I was able to work closely with Hugh over many years. As a colleague, mentor and friend, he passed on so much knowledge and wisdom to me that he will always have a firm place in my heart. His positive influence will continue to bear fruit and live on in the future. Thank you, Hugh!

    Best regards, / Viele Grüße
    Maike Andresen

  • 6.  RE: Celebrating Professor Hugh Gunz

    Posted 01-28-2024 08:51
    Edited by Holly Ferraro 01-28-2024 12:08

    My first interaction with Hugh was as doctoral student where he was so kind, supportive, and helpful.  I looked forward to seeing him at different events over the years.  He was not just one of the leading lights for careers scholarship, he was an example of what it means to engage and encourage others.  

    Holly Ferraro
    Associate Professor
    Villanova University
    Villanova PA

  • 7.  RE: Celebrating Professor Hugh Gunz

    Posted 01-28-2024 14:54

    Hugh was the Discussant for the first symposium I ever organized, as a graduate student, for the 2005 AOM (in Honolulu!). I was a fan of his work, but nervous about approaching him to do it. True to form, he was so warm, generous, and insightful that he put me and the other participants (many of whom were doctoral students or early career scholars) at ease - all while giving us useful feedback. It was this interaction, in no small part, that made me want to be part of the community of Careers scholars. 

    May his memory be a blessing to all who knew him.

    Jen Tosti-Kharas

    Babson College

    Careers Division PDW Chair

    Jennifer Tosti-Kharas
    Babson College
    Babson Park MA
    (781) 239-5678

  • 8.  RE: Celebrating Professor Hugh Gunz

    Posted 01-31-2024 08:51


    You summed up my experience of Hugh. His work greatly influenced my PhD studies, and I was honoured to meet him at AOM a few years back. When I told him of the influence his work had on my studies he blushed. We had a long chat about our paths into academia, my studies, etc. As you say, he was a warm and generous person. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam

    Edward O'Connor
    Assistant Professor
    Maynooth U.