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A talent development framework: tackling the puzzle

Mark E. Haskins (Professor of Business Administration at The Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA)
George R. Shaffer (Senior Director, Executive Education at The Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA)

Development and Learning in Organizations

ISSN: 1477-7282

Article publication date: 5 January 2010




The purpose of this paper is to present a concise, robust talent development framework for summarizing and guiding the organizational activities pertaining to having the right people, at the right time, getting the right type of talent development experiences.


This paper is the result of over 40 combined years of advising and working with executive education corporate clients on the assessment of talent development needs and plans.


Four challenges underpin any approach taken to develop an organization's talent. Talent building endeavors should be business driven, future focused, integrated, and deliver measurable results. In response to these challenges, and based on our work with a number of corporate clients, we have created the talent development framework (TDF). It provides a lens through which to view, organize, and monitor talent development activities.

Practical implications

The experience‐based framework presented here is immediately useful to those responsible for developing and enhancing organizational talent.


The organizational endeavors pertaining to the monitoring, managing, and motivating of talent development are numerous and varied in their foci, timing, and purpose. This article presents an organizing framework for “seeing all the pieces” and how they fit together, and apply to various organizational populations for different purposes. As such, it provides a codified, organized approach to talent development.



Haskins, M.E. and Shaffer, G.R. (2010), "A talent development framework: tackling the puzzle", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 24 No. 1, pp. 13-16.



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