6The impact of talent management

Unpacking the evidence

Introduction

The exponential growth in talent management research owes much to organ-isational leaders identifying it as one of their most important business challenges given its cited centrality to competitive advantage (Cappelli & Keller, 2014). However, what do we know about the impact of talent management? Is there evidence that demonstrates the purported positive effects are realised? Is there a negative side to talent management? What boundary conditions may support positive outcomes and/or reduce any negative consequences? We contend that the answers to such questions are amongst those of the most fundamental importance because much of the rise of talent management as a strategic ...

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