Background Note | HBS Case Collection | January 2009 (Revised November 2009)

Adult Life Stages

by John A. Davis


This note describes basic concepts of adult life stage theory and summarizes Daniel Levinson's research findings on the adult development of men and women.

Keywords: Transition; Motivation and Incentives; Behavior; Personal Development and Career; Organizational Culture; Gender;


Davis, John A. "Adult Life Stages." Harvard Business School Background Note 809-097, January 2009. (Revised November 2009.)