Making sense of talent management: Six real-life approaches to the concept
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
The purpose with the study is to expand the knowledge on how international organizations conduct talent management, and asks the main question; ―What elements are central for the success of talent management in international organizations, and how do these elements affect their talent management?‖ Talent management is a set of HR practices, or an independent HR function, that has the main purpose of attracting, developing and retaining talents in the organization in alignment with the organizational strategy. Since every organization is unique in its operations; organizational culture, business conditions and organizational goals form and characterize the TM practices in the organization. Organizations can only contribute optimally to business performance if both top management and employees are aligned on its objectives and implementation in the organization. The thesis is a qualitative descriptive study, where six international organizations were sampled by the constituent and are interviewed about their talent management, with reference to best practices derived from literature. The conclusions, resultant from the empirical findings, and supported by literature, suggest that the main factors which affect talent management within the surveyed organizations‘ are; market situation, top management involvement, internal consistency within talent management and alignment with organizational strategy. In addition, sub questions are answered which concern difficulties with talent management, organizational link between talent management and strategy, organizational link between talent management and culture, as well as to which extent the organizations use best practices.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 80 p.
Economics and Business
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-142461OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-142461DiVA: diva2:702980