The floating signifier “talent” in talent management - and why talent management has become a religion

Billy Adamsen

    Publikation: Konferencebidrag uden forlag/tidsskriftPaperForskning

    Resumé

    Within business life the term “talent” has been used by business leaders and consultants for decades to describe upcoming business managers with certain gifts and skills. Within science, especially within talent management, “talent” has been the fulcrum of most research and most research questions have had - for years - focused on how the environment, culture, psychology and competencies influence the “talent”. To a certain extent science today can explain how certain internal and external variables can influence the development and the performance of a “talent”, but they are still unable to define the term “talent” itself. Despite the lack of definition, scientists have kept using the term “talent” as if “talents” exist in real life, and continued their search for a definition – but so far without results.

    Through a deconstructive semiotic analysis of the term “talent”, we will show how “talent” has changed semantically, and transformed itself into a floating signifier, and through its multiplicity of meaning, has turned the discipline of talent management into a religion, where believing seems to be more prevalent than knowing. The consequences of talent management being a religion are that talent identification and recruiting are based on subjectivity rather than objectivity and are particular (context dependent) rather than universal (context independent).

    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    Publikationsdato21. aug. 2013
    Antal sider14
    StatusUdgivet - 21. aug. 2013
    Begivenhed22nd Nordic Academy of Management Conference - University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Island
    Varighed: 21. aug. 201323. aug. 2013
    Konferencens nummer: 22

    Konference

    Konference22nd Nordic Academy of Management Conference
    Nummer22
    LokationUniversity of Iceland
    LandIsland
    ByReykjavik
    Periode21/08/201323/08/2013

    Emneord

    • Talent management

    Citer dette

    Adamsen, B. (2013). The floating signifier “talent” in talent management - and why talent management has become a religion. Paper præsenteret på 22nd Nordic Academy of Management Conference, Reykjavik, Island.
    Adamsen, Billy. / The floating signifier “talent” in talent management - and why talent management has become a religion. Paper præsenteret på 22nd Nordic Academy of Management Conference, Reykjavik, Island.14 s.
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    Publikation: Konferencebidrag uden forlag/tidsskriftPaperForskning

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    Adamsen B. The floating signifier “talent” in talent management - and why talent management has become a religion. 2013. Paper præsenteret på 22nd Nordic Academy of Management Conference, Reykjavik, Island.