Career Development

In this research stream, we examine the impact of various personal and contextual characteristics on an individual’s career trajectory. Through the lens of social cognitive theory (Bandura, 1986) and social cognitive career theory (Lent, Brown, & Hackett, 1994), we examine the role of contextual (e.g. parental support, peer support, teacher support, organizational support),  dispositional (e.g., career optimism, learning goal orientation, proactive personality, tenacious and flexible coping approaches), and motivational properties (e.g., general self-efficacy and career decision making self-efficacy) in enhancing career adaptability resources which in turn predicts career success and career persistence. In addition, we also examine the role of social influence behavior at work, particularly the use of upward influence tactics, in shaping career-related outcomes.  

Selected Publications

Amarnani, R., Lajom, J., Restubog, S. L. D., & Capezio, A. (in press). Consumed by obsession: Career adaptability and the performance consequences of passion. Human Relations.


Feng, G., Restubog, S. L. D., Cui, L., Zhou, B., & Choi, Y. What determines the entrepreneurial success of academics? Navigating multiple social identities in the hybrid career of academic entrepreneurs. Journal of Vocational Behavior.


Garcia, P. R. J. M., Restubog, S. L. D., Ocampo, A. C., Wang, L., & Tang, R. L. Role modelling as a socialization mechanism in the transmission of career adaptability across generations. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 111, 39-48.

Ocampo, A. C., Restubog, S. L. D., Liwag, M. E., Wang, L., & Petelczyc, C. (2018). My spouse is my strength: Interactive effects of perceived organizational support and spousal support in predicting career adaptability and career success. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 108,165-177.


Cai, H., Ocampo, A. C., Restubog, S. L. D., Kiazad, K., Deen, C. M., & Li, M. (2018). Career commitment in STEM: A moderated mediation model of inducements, expected contributions, and organizational commitment. Journal of Career Assessment, 26, 359-376.

Sibunruang, H., Garcia, P. R. J. M., & Tolentino, L. R.. Ingratiation as an adapting strategy: Its relationship with career adaptability, career sponsorship, and promotability. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 92, 135-144.

​Garcia, P. R. J. M., Restubog, S. L. D., Bordia, P., Bordia, S., & Roxas, R. E. (2015). Career optimism: The roles of contextual support and career decision making self-efficacy. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 88, 10-18.


​Sibunruang, H., Capezio, A., & Restubog, S. L. D. (2015). In Pursuit of Success: The Differential Moderating Effects of Political Skill on the Relationship between Career-related Psychological Needs and Ingratiation. Journal of Career Assessment, 23, 336-348.


​Yu, K., Kim, S., & Restubog, S. L. D. (2015). Transnational contexts for professional identity development in accounting. Organization Studies, 36, 1577-1597.


​Sibunruang, H, Capezio, A., & Restubog, S. L. D. (2014). Getting ahead through flattery: Examining the moderating roles of organization-based self-esteem and political skill in the ingratiation-promotability relationship. Journal of Career Assessment, 22, 610-626.


​Tolentino, L., Garcia, P. R. J. M., Lu, V., Restubog, S. L. D., Bordia, P., & Plewa, C. (2014). Career adaptation: The relation of adaptability to goal orientation, proactive personality, and career optimism. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 84, 39-48.


​Tolentino, L. R., Sedoglavich, V., Lu, V., Garcia, P. R. J. M., & Restubog, S. L. D. (2014). The role of career adaptability in predicting entrepreneurial intentions: A moderated mediation model. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 85, 403-412.

​​Restubog, S.L.D., Florentino, A., & Garcia, P.R.J.M. (2010). The mediating roles of career self-efficacy and career decidedness in the relationship between contextual support and persistence. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 77, 186-195.