Demystifying talent management

A critical approach to the realities of talent

Billy Adamsen

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    Resumé

    In both business and sports, the recruitment and management of especially talented individuals has become central to obtaining competitive advantages and strengthening competitiveness, because only with them, the thinking goes, can results be produced, progress ensured and goals achieved. Notwithstanding the legitimate importance of talent management, it is noteworthy how ambiguous the term is and how difficult it is to define. Of course, it refers to talent, but this term is also ambiguous. Within talent management, it is often explained with an adagium from the Gospel of Matthew to the effect that someone who “has more”, whether this denotes capability, aptitude or mental endowment, has a talent, and should be “given more”, and has abundance; this is exactly what managers do when they identify and recruit a talent.

    In Demystifying Talent Management – A Critical Approach to the Realities of Talent, Dr. Adamsen questions this wisdom and explanation of talent from the Gospel of Matthew – the idea that anyone who has ‘more’ has a talent to - and demonstrates how the term ‘talent’ has become an empty signifier which no longer refers to anyone or anything in the actual world. This makes him question if talent exists at all, and leads him to reflect on what the consequences for talent management would be if this were the case.


    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    ForlagPalgrave Macmillan
    Antal sider149
    ISBN (Trykt)978-1-137-50865-2
    ISBN (Elektronisk)978-1-137-50867-6
    StatusUdgivet - 2015

    Emneord

    • talent
    • talent management
    • Management
    • Sport Management
    • empty signifier
    • floating signifier
    • Gospel of Matthew

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    Publikation: Bog/antologi/afhandling/rapportBogForskningpeer review

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