Introduction

He who arrives first at the battlefield and awaits the arrival

of the enemy will be fresh for the fight; he who arrives

second at the battlefield and must hurry to be ready

for the battle will arrive exhausted.

Sun Tzu

In a context of recession and national and global economic crisis, the period between 2008 and 2016 is turning out to be one of the most difficult most business people can remember, particularly for human resources and talent management departments, which have now been cast as playing second fiddle to labour relations departments.

Despite the current economic situation, certain hints of recovery are detectable and there are indications that we are approaching a real war to attract talent and hold on to it, which ...

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