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The barriers to effective global talent management: The example of corporate élites in MNEs

  • Mellahi, Kamel
  • Collings, David G.
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    This paper focuses on talent management failure by multinational enterprises (MNEs). It examines barriers to corporate advancement of talents located in subsidiaries and more specifically on promotion of talent already employed by the MNE to be part of the upper echelon management team at its centre. Drawing on agency and bounded rationality theories, we discuss the underlying causes of talent management failure in MNEs. At the subsidiary level, we draw on agency theory to delineate self-serving mechanisms displayed by subsidiary managers that might hinder effective talent management systems throughout the MNE. At the headquarter level, we use bounded rationality to explain how decision-making processes, and information top management teams use to make decisions about talent management results in overlooking talents at subsidiary level.

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    Volume (Year): 45 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 2 (April)
    Pages: 143-149

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:worbus:v:45:y:2010:i:2:p:143-149
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