Friday, February 1, 2013

A Note on Psychological Issues at Mid-Career

IBARRA Herminia
Read the working paper
INSEAD Working Paper 2013/28/OB

Harris felt stuck. At age 39 he’d had a successful career as a regulatory affairs expert. Although at the top of his function in a celebrated biotech firm, something was missing. He yearned to run a business, to manage a profit and loss. He wanted challenge; he could do his job in his sleep. His mentor asked him (again)to be patient. His wife, at home with two young children, cautioned him against leaving for a risky start-up; he was the breadwinner after all. For him, it was now or never. In the interim, he was working night and day on a new drug introduction without a clear idea of what to do next [...]