Volume 14 Issue 2 2018


Novera Ansar
PhD Scholar, Department of Public Administration, University of Karachi.

Akhtar Baloch
Professor, PhD, Department of Public Administration, University of Karachi.

Abstract Talent' has become a popular term amongst academicians and practitioners during the last two decades. A general problem, despite this increased interest in “Talent”, is that the construct of Talent and Talent Management lack theoretical vigor and standardized definition. This paper aims to make a contribution to the literature on “Talent” and “Talent Management” by a critical review of the construct of “Talent”. The evolution of the definition of the term “Talent” was traced through different periods starting from the Biblical Times when talent was used for a very large sum of money to the present times when it is considered as a cognitive ability. A philological perspective was also taken to identify the roots of different approaches towards “Talent” in speakers of different languages and terms, that are interchangeably used instead of Talent were also explored. Different definitions of the term “Talent Management” were analyzed to understand the different approaches taken by the authors. The dominant approach used in the definitions of Talent Management was found to be exclusive. The study concluded that it is important to develop a uniform definition of Talent and Talent Management for a shared understanding for both academic work on the topic and its practical implication for the corporate world.
Year 2018
Volume 14
Issue 2
Type Short Report
Recognized by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, HEC
Category "Y"
Journal Name IBT Journal of Business Studies
Publisher Name ILMA University
Jel Classification O15,L26, j24
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.46745/ilma.jbs.2018.14.02.14
ISSN no (E, Electronic) 2409-6520
ISSN no (P, Print) 2416-8393
Country Pakistan
City Karachi
Institution Type University
Journal Type Open Access
Type of Review Double Blind Peer Reviewed
Format PDF
Paper Link http://ibtjbs.ilmauniversity.edu.pk/journal/jbs/14.2/14.pdf
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