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Mapping talent development: definition, scope and architecture

Thomas N. Garavan (Department of Personnel and Employment Relations, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland)
Ronan Carbery (Department of Personnel and Employment Relations, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland)
Andrew Rock (Department of Personnel and Employment Relations, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland)

European Journal of Training and Development

ISSN: 2046-9012

Article publication date: 27 January 2012

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the concept of talent development, define its scope and identify the issues involved in formulating talent development strategies in organisations.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper reviews the relatively scant and fragmented literature on talent development processes.

Findings

The literature review revealed that talent development is usually discussed as part of a wider talent management process. The literature highlights issues concerning who is the talent to be developed, what competencies should be developed, who drives development, what is the appropriate pace of development and what is the architecture to support the development.

Research limitations/implications

The paper is solely theoretical in nature; however, it does identify gaps for further research.

Practice implications

The paper raises a number of important questions that should be considered by organisations when they engage in talent development.

Originality/value

The paper contributes to a perceived gap in the literature and highlights the issues that come within the terrain of talent development.

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Citation

Garavan, T.N., Carbery, R. and Rock, A. (2012), "Mapping talent development: definition, scope and architecture", European Journal of Training and Development, Vol. 36 No. 1, pp. 5-24. https://doi.org/10.1108/03090591211192601

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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