3A kaleidoscope of ‘talent’ definitions and conceptualisations

Introduction

Understanding what talent is, or is not, is vital to the study and practice of talent management. This is because how stakeholders use the term ‘talent’ in everyday discourses and conversations is the foundation of talent management practice. While there is no denying that all employees are valuable in their own right (otherwise, why hire them?), talent management asserts that specific individuals or groups are of greater value by way of their contribution to the strategic objectives. To practice talent management organisations need to decide the defining characteristics of the talent subject, with stakeholders needing to establish informed understanding of who and ...

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