Managing Talent: A Critical Appreciation

Stephen Swailes
University of Huddersfield, UK

Product Details
02 Oct 2020
Emerald Publishing Limited
184 pages - 152 x 229mm
Talent Management
Scholarly literature on talent management usually takes a mainstream approach to understanding how and why organizations pursue talent initiatives and to rationalizing their presumed benefits. Indeed, the basic logic of identifying and supporting an organization's most talented employees is, on the surface, quite seductive. Recent conceptual and empirical research, however, shows that talent management brings with it a range of issues that should trouble both academics and practitioners. In response to these concerns, Managing Talent: A Critical Appreciation takes a more critical view of the organizational talent project, to understanding the motives for talent management and to the identification, development and placement of high potential employees.

This edited text brings together and explores a range of concerns arising from theory and practice and offers both practical recommendations and implications for further research.

The issues and questions examined include:
  • the rhetoric, politics and reality of talent management
  • leadership derailment
  • the social construction of talent
  • gender bias in talent recognition
  • the relevance of research in talent management
  • inclusive talent management
  • the role of line managers and leadership in implementing talent management
While stressing academic rigour, each chapter is accessible to both scholars and practitioners who are looking for alternative ways of thinking about talent and alternative perspectives on the often problematic issues arising from managing talent in practice.
Introduction; Stephen Swailes
Chapter 1. Arbitrariness, Individuality, and the Absence of Work Identity in Talent Management; Billy Adamsen
Chapter 2. Social and natural constituents of talent: a critical appreciation; Stephen Swailes
Chapter 3. Some critical reflections on the relevance of talent management research; Eva Gallardo-Gallardo
Chapter 4. The rhetoric, politics and reality of talent management: Insider perspectives; Barbara Zesik
Chapter 5. Leadership derailment: A neglected field in talent management; Suzanne Ross
Chapter 6. The missing link: The role of line managers and leadership in implementing talent management; Peter Bos, Marian Thunnissen and Katja Pardoen
Chapter 7. How inclusive can exclusive talent management be?; Lotte Holck and Iben Sandal Stjerne
Chapter 8. Critical Feminist Organization Studies and Talent management: Re-imagining Transnational, Intersectional and Post-Colonial Agendas; Beverly Dawn Metcalfe, Yasmeen Makarem and Fida Afouni
Chapter 9. The paradox of attracting key talent in the Canadian cannabis industry: Turning over a new leaf; Deborah McPhee and Francine Schlosser
Stephen Swailes is Professor of Human Resource Management at Huddersfield Business School, University of Huddersfield. He is also the coauthor of Organizational Change (2016) and Managing Talent: Understanding Critical Perspectives (2018).

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