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What is the meaning of ‘talent’ in the world of work?
Gallardo Gallardo, Eva; Dries, Nicky; González-Cruz, Tomás F.
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament d'Organització d'Empreses
The ongoing confusion about the meaning of ‘talent’ within the world of work is hindering the establishment of widely accepted talent management theories and practices. The aim of this paper is to contribute to the literature on talent management by offering an in-depth review of the talent concept within the specific context of the world of work, and proposing a framework for its conceptualization. We group different theoretical approaches to talent into ‘object’ (i.e., talent as natural ability; talent as mastery; talent as commitment; talent as fit) versus ‘subject’ approaches (i.e., talent as all people; talent as some people) and identify dynamics existing within and between them, as well as implications for talent management theory and practice. Finally, we discuss different avenues for further research aimed at developing the talent—and consequently, the talent management—construct further.
Peer Reviewed
Postprint (published version)
Àrees temàtiques de la UPC::Economia i organització d'empreses::Gestió i direcció
Talent management
Talent management
High performers
High potentials
Workforce segmentation
Recursos humans -- Desenvolupament
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