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The global "war for talent"

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  • Beechler, Schon
  • Woodward, Ian C.
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    In this paper we examine the "global war for talent," the factors that impact it, and organizations' responses to it. Using a comprehensive search of more than 400 contemporary academic and business press articles, the paper reviews relevant research and reassesses the "talent war." We posit that the dominant approaches to the "talent war" based on a scarcity state of mind and action, often characterized by a tactical and exclusive top talent or "star" focus, are being challenged by the emergence of a more evolutionary paradigm. This new paradigm adopts more strategic, innovative, cooperative and generative approaches which we describe as creative 'talent solutions.' The paper also highlights implications for future research, teaching and development in the field.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of International Management.

    Volume (Year): 15 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 3 (September)
    Pages: 273-285

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:intman:v:15:y:2009:i:3:p:273-285

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    Keywords: War for talent Global Human resource management;

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    1. Carr, Stuart C. & Inkson, Kerr & Thorn, Kaye, 2005. "From global careers to talent flow: Reinterpreting 'brain drain'," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 40(4), pages 386-398, November.
    2. Kedia, Ben L. & Mukherji, Ananda, 1999. "Global managers: developing a mindset for global competitiveness," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 34(3), pages 230-251, October.
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    1. Raman, Revti & Chadee, Doren & Roxas, Banjo & Michailova, Snejina, 2013. "Effects of Partnership Quality, Talent Management, and Global Mindset on Performance of Offshore IT Service Providers in India," Journal of International Management, Elsevier, vol. 19(4), pages 333-346.
    2. Schehar Bano & Muhamamd Aslam Khan & Qazi Habib Ur Rehman & Asad Afzal Humayoun, 2011. "Schematizing Talent Management, A Core Business Issue," Far East Journal of Psychology and Business, Far East Research Centre, vol. 2(1), pages 4-16, January.
    3. Hölzl, Werner & Janger, Jürgen, 2014. "Distance to the frontier and the perception of innovation barriers across European countries," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 43(4), pages 707-725.
    4. Tarique, Ibraiz & Schuler, Randall S., 2010. "Global talent management: Literature review, integrative framework, and suggestions for further research," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 45(2), pages 122-133, April.
    5. Schiemann, William A., 2014. "From talent management to talent optimization," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 49(2), pages 281-288.
    6. Angela Vlãdescu, 2012. "Managing Talent Based On Competencies At Interpol Bucharest: Proposed Activities," Proceedings of the INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE, Faculty of Management, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 6(1), pages 347-354, November.

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