Managing Talent: Understanding critical perspectives

Stephen Swailes (Editor), Billy Adamsen (Editor)

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This collection of edited chapters is the first compilation of critical approaches to talent management. Topics covered by the nine chapters in the book include:
1. The evolution and diffusion of 'talent management' in management thinking.
2. How a lack of clarity concerning 'talent' leads to subjective bias and problematizes the success of talent programmes.
3. A figurational understanding of talent management as a way of interpreting power relationships and the behaviour of employees in talent pools.
4. Defining talent in terms of competence, commitment and contribution.
5. Talent identification in the early stages of an acquisition process.
6. Global talent management in subsidiaries of Scandinavian companies in the Asean region and differing perceptions across individuals, organizations and regions.
7. The nature and meaning of talent in relation to front-line employees in the Danish public sector in relation to the talents required for managerial progression.
8. The nature and meaning of talent in employees in the Danish banking sector in contrast to generic descriptions of talent in terms of performance and potential.
9. The drivers of talent management programme design and operation in UK companies.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBasingstoke: UK
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan UK
Number of pages218
ISBN (Electronic)9783319952017
ISBN (Print)9783319952000
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018


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