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A historical analysis of critiques in the talent management debate

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/07/2019
<mark>Journal</mark>BRQ Business Research Quarterly
Issue number3
Volume22
Number of pages11
Pages (from-to)160-170
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date5/06/19
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Current debates around talent management echo previous concern about the development of the field of IHRM. This paper uses historical analysis to examine two questions: has the field followed a logical progression and process of increasing coherence; and has its narrative been shaped in ideological ways? It identifies six concepts that guided and enabled the subsequent development of the talent management field. It shows how a selection of these ideas were re-packaged through the introduction of new notions to build two competing narratives: a star performer perspective and a human capital management perspective. It examines the progressive critiques and problems that then had to be solved to address these concerns. There is evidence of periodic ideological re-interpretations of talent management but there has nonetheless been a logical, progressive and issues-driven evolution of ideas in the field into which the current critical perspectives must now be fitted.