Talent management

Gestation, Birth, and Innovation Diffusion

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This chapter summarizes how the term ‘talent’ gradually became incorporated into mainstream thinking about business operations in the twentieth century leading up to the ‘birth’ of a new management meme: talent management. Socio-economic conditions prevailing at the time of the birth are summarized. Using ideas from memetics, the chapter focuses on explaining why the talent meme has been so effective (and infective). Five features of the meme are identified that explain why it has found so many hosts. These are similarities with other, related, memes; the lack of a competing meme; ambiguity in what talent and talent management mean; the appeal of celebrity in times of attention deficits; and the promise of power and status to those behind talent programmes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationManaging Talent
Subtitle of host publicationUnderstanding Critical Perspectives
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan, Cham
Chapter1
Pages1-20
Number of pages20
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9783319952017
ISBN (Print)9783319952000, 3319952005
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Oct 2018

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Talent management
Innovation diffusion
Innovation
Memes
Celebrity
20th century
Economic conditions
Socio-economics
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Memetics

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Swailes, S. (2018). Talent management: Gestation, Birth, and Innovation Diffusion. In Managing Talent: Understanding Critical Perspectives (1st ed., pp. 1-20). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-95201-7_1
Swailes, Stephen. / Talent management : Gestation, Birth, and Innovation Diffusion. Managing Talent: Understanding Critical Perspectives. 1st. ed. Cham : Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, 2018. pp. 1-20
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