Talent designation in practice: an equation of high potential, performance and mobility

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dc.contributor.author Jooss, Stefan
dc.contributor.author McDonnell, Anthony
dc.contributor.author Burbach, Ralf
dc.date.accessioned 2019-12-02T14:33:34Z
dc.date.available 2019-12-02T14:33:34Z
dc.date.issued 2019-11-10
dc.identifier.citation Jooss, S., McDonnell, A. and Burbach, R. (2019) 'Talent designation in practice: an equation of high potential, performance and mobility', International Journal of Human Resource Management, pp. 1-27. doi: 10.1080/09585192.2019.1686651 en
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en
dc.identifier.endpage 27 en
dc.identifier.issn 0958-5192
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/9286
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/09585192.2019.1686651 en
dc.description.abstract Effective identification of talent is a central element of talent management. Talk of talent often involves two distinct, yet interrelated dimensions: performance and potential. The talent management literature has however provided limited consideration both conceptually and empirically concerning the delimitation between these two dimensions. This paper looks to address this by examining how the talent construct is operationalised in practice. It considers two key research questions; what indicators of performance and potential are applied by key organisational stakeholders in discerning what talent is? What factors impact talent designation? We adopt a multilevel case study design encompassing 73 interviews with senior organisational leaders in three multinational hotel corporations. Our findings demonstrate that the dimensions of high performance and high potential were commonly spoken about when referring to talent. However, there was a substantial lack of clarity around potential with a conflation between it and performance common. Moreover, mobility emerged as a critical contextual factor in being labelled as talent or not. The paper contributes to talent management scholarship by providing a more nuanced approach in understanding how talent is enacted in practice in an underexplored empirical context. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis 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 10 Nov 2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09585192.2019.1686651 en
dc.subject Talent en
dc.subject Identification en
dc.subject Talent management en
dc.subject Performance en
dc.subject Potential en
dc.subject Mobility en
dc.title Talent designation in practice: an equation of high potential, performance and mobility en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Stefan Jooss, College Of Business & Law Office, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: stefan.jooss@ucc.ie en
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dc.check.date 2021-05-10
dc.date.updated 2019-12-02T14:28:05Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version 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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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress stefan.jooss@ucc.ie en
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