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

Paul Iles, David Preece, Xin Chuai

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)125-146
    Number of pages22
    JournalHuman Resource Development International
    Issue number2
    Early online date23 Apr 2010
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


    • talent management
    • human resource development
    • fashion
    • institutional theory


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