Commentary on “The meaning of ‘talent’ in the world of work”

Paul Iles

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    This paper provides a commentary on the article in this Special Issue on “The meaning of ‘talent’ in the world of work”, welcoming its analysis of the definition, meaning and conceptualisation of talent and seeking to develop further its research recommendations. In particular, it argues that the relationships between talent and gifts should be further explored, proposes that exploring its use in other languages than English would be useful, and suggests comparing its identification and development in management and other fields, especially sport and the arts. It also proposes multidisciplinary research and research into talent and talent management in various contexts, including sectorial, cultural, institutional and structural contexts. Finally, it proposes that factors which influence how talent is identified need further
    analysis, and perspectives from resource-based theories, ethical theories, development economics, and social capital theories should be utilised.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)301-304
    Number of pages4
    JournalHuman Resource Management Review
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013


    • talent management
    • ethics
    • teamwork
    • human resource management


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