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Talent management as a management fashion in HRD: towards a research agenda

Iles, PA, Preece, D and Chuai, X 2010, 'Talent management as a management fashion in HRD: towards a research agenda' , Human Resource Development International, 13 (2) , pp. 125-145.

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Abstract

HRD practitioners have long shown concerns about the status and legitimacy of the occupation, and, arguably, this has not been unconnected to the range of titles HRD has been given over the years. Has there been an element of ‘management fashion’ about this, or have they reflected some real change at the level of practice? This paper considers whether ‘talent management’ (TM), as a recentlyemerged area of interest for HRD, can be argued to display features of a management fashion. On the basis of a review of three main perspectives, we conclude that it is too early to say with regard to two of them, given TM’s recent emergence and the paucity of empirical material, but that TM displays features of institutionalism in TM talk in the business and professional literature. A research agenda, based primarily on institutional theory, is developed and a number of research questions outlined.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: talent management; HRD; fashion; institutional theory
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Business & Law > Salford Business School > Strategy, People Management & Salford Law
Journal or Publication Title: Human Resource Development International
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1367-8868
Depositing User: PA Iles
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2011 11:19
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2015 18:01
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/17860

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