Exploring Careers and Identity 



Holly Ferraro's research examines the role of identity in career transition and career decision making at midlife/mid-career.  Much of her research examines the relationship between professional identity construction and career outcomes (such as success and satisfaction).  Her most recent research is focused on intergenerational family business succession where she investigates the relationship between identity and the process of leadership succession in closely held businesses.  She has published articles in Human Relations, Human Resource Management and the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies. Dr. Ferraro's research on midlife/midcareer transition won a Cutting Edge Award from Academy of Human Resource Development.  She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of Maryland, College Park.