A historical analysis of critiques in the talent management debate

Sparrow, Paul (2019) A historical analysis of critiques in the talent management debate. BRQ Business Research Quarterly, 22 (3). pp. 160-170. ISSN 2340-9436

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Abstract

Current debates around talent management echo previous concern about the development of the field of IHRM. This paper uses historical analysis to examine two questions: has the field followed a logical progression and process of increasing coherence; and has its narrative been shaped in ideological ways? It identifies six concepts that guided and enabled the subsequent development of the talent management field. It shows how a selection of these ideas were re-packaged through the introduction of new notions to build two competing narratives: a star performer perspective and a human capital management perspective. It examines the progressive critiques and problems that then had to be solved to address these concerns. There is evidence of periodic ideological re-interpretations of talent management but there has nonetheless been a logical, progressive and issues-driven evolution of ideas in the field into which the current critical perspectives must now be fitted.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
BRQ Business Research Quarterly
Uncontrolled Keywords:
/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1400/1407
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137760
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Deposited On:
15 Oct 2019 08:45
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Yes
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Published
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19 Oct 2020 11:24