Connecting 'talent' meanings and multi-level context: a discursive approach

Show simple item record Wiblen, Sharna McDonnell, Anthony 2019-07-18T08:59:00Z 2019-07-18T08:59:00Z 2019-07-02
dc.identifier.citation Wiblen, S. and McDonnell, A. (2019) 'Connecting 'talent' meanings and multi-level context: a discursive approach', International Journal of Human Resource Management. doi: 10.1080/09585192.2019.1629988 en
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en
dc.identifier.endpage 37 en
dc.identifier.issn 0958-5192
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/09585192.2019.1629988 en
dc.description.abstract Through an in-depth, multilevel case study of a professional services firm, this paper illuminates what stakeholders mean when they use the term ‘talent’. The paper underlines how various contextual factors including, workforce composition, ownership structures and individual perceptions influence talent meanings within an organisation. Our analysis of talent phenomena at a multiplicity of levels illustrates that it is not only about the words, phrases, and terms employed when talking about talent that requires examination. There is a need to deliberate on the meanings that underpin the talk because while stakeholders may talk the same way they may mean different things. The paper makes a key theoretical contribution through specific recognition of the importance of thoughtful reflection of how stakeholders discursively construct meanings because ‘talent’ is a concept, which requires translation via talk to become meaningful within the material world and these meanings are influenced by context. Thus, we cannot infer, that talent meanings radiate within organisations, nor across organisational boundaries, industries or countries because discourses arise and materialise within specific contexts and we must acknowledge that talent discourses can not be removed from the context in which they operate. en
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dc.publisher Taylor & Francis Group en
dc.rights © 2019, Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Human Resource Management on 2 July 2019, available online: en
dc.subject Talent en
dc.subject Talent management en
dc.subject Social constructionist en
dc.subject Discourse analysis en
dc.subject Professional services en
dc.subject Case study en
dc.subject Context en
dc.title Connecting 'talent' meanings and multi-level context: a discursive approach en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Anthony Mcdonnell, Cork University Business School, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: en
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle International Journal of Human Resource Management en
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