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The currency of talent management—A reply to “talent management and the relevance of context: Towards a pluralistic approach”

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Susan Kirk



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In this paper we provide a commentary on the article in this Special Issue by Thunnissen, Boselie, and Fruytier on the relevance of context to the field of talent management. We concur that a more critical, pluralist approach to talent management scholarship is needed, that talent management should go beyond a mere economic exchange between talent and their employer, and that further research is needed to explore the link between macro, meso and micro level considerations. Thunnissen, Boselie, and Fruytier pose insightful questions about the contribution of talent management to the social and moral development of society and legitimating talent management at meso level. For us, these questions raise issues about the extent to which individual agency in ethical issues is possible in environments designed to regulate and control talent. We suggest that underexplored notions of strategic exchange and individual identity provide a richer picture of the talent employment relationship and raise a number of possible directions for future talent management research. © 2013 Elsevier Inc.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Tansley C, Kirk S, Tietze S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Human Resource Management Review

Year: 2013

Volume: 23

Issue: 4

Pages: 337-340

Print publication date: 01/12/2013

Online publication date: 15/09/2013

Date deposited: 31/01/2019

ISSN (print): 1053-4822

ISSN (electronic): 1873-7889

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.hrmr.2013.08.004


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