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Tomislav Hernaus

The chapter begins with an explanation how an unexpected opportunity to work in academia was transformed into the “struggle for survival” between various types of academic activities. The author emphasizes the academic balance dynamics that is welcome almost from the first academic steps. Furthermore, he puts upfront the importance of both developing personal philosophy, finding sources of inspiration and support, as well as building ethics of responsibility. His note on the academic craft used explains how he strives to achieve the balance between multiple tensions present in academic work.

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Tomislav Hernaus and Matej Černe

This introductory chapter opens a debate about scholar(ship) at the crossroads. It conceptualizes the academic journey as seductive and risky career journey, and briefly explains the current state of academic affairs. Building the case on the academic value of sharing and collaboration, authors explain the purpose and narrative approach taken with an aim to make academic beginnings of doctoral candidates and early-career researchers somewhat easier. Instead of speaking about the average or universal scholar, editors put upfront an idea of a different scholar. They briefly describe the authorial team competencies and explain how book is organized.

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Tomislav Hernaus and Matej Černe

An overview of scholarly tasks, roles and processes as well as academic responsibilities and requirements is provided, thus offering a better understanding of the meaning and contents of academic work. After describing different work orientations, three- and four-leg stool concepts of academic balance are explained (i.e. aligning teaching, research, and service requirements with personal- and development-oriented activities). Furthermore, academic work characteristics are analysed leading to different academic performance outcomes.

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Matej Černe and Tomislav Hernaus

This concluding chapter summarizes key enablers as well as red threads influencing the development of the contributors’ careers and lives in the academia. Looking across the chapters in this volume one might recognize recurring patterns deterministic of careers of our contributors, who are the emergent or just-established ‘stars’ in the academic fields of management and organization. Editors emphasize that both component- and composite-analytical approaches are required to understand academic performance. They highlighted individuals’ personality, mentorship and connections, job design, organizational factors and diversity as highly relevant aspects shaping the academic behaviour of individuals. Specific suggestions are offered for emerging scholars at the beginning of their careers, providing them with key success factors, obstacles that they need to avoid along with coping mechanisms on how to overcome them, and practical avenues that they can take in developing their careers further.

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Becoming an Organizational Scholar

Navigating the Academic Odyssey

Edited by Tomislav Hernaus and Matej Černe

Becoming an Organizational Scholar: Navigating the Academic Odyssey covers reflective, personal stories of prolific, top scholars under the age of 45, with academic success gained across 17 different European and North and South American countries at 31 higher education institutions. The editors present the idea of a unique or authentic scholar, presenting an overview of academic success factors and common career development obstacles while offering possible coping mechanisms.