There is a critical need to understand current talent development (TD) practices as well as developing a contemporary paradigm that will support a radically different future for TD. The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the existing literature on TD, explore the fundamental role of TD in organizations and identify gaps for future directions.
The paper reviews the literature on TD.
Following themes are identified in selected TD articles: varied TD definitions, theoretical perspective for investigating TD, TD practices and effects and implications on training and development. The literature review identifies two levels of TD practices: organizational level and individual level.
The field of TD is rapidly changing because of the accelerating integration of technology and information into daily work environment. There is a critical need to understand current TD practices as well as to develop a contemporary paradigm that will support a radically different future for TD. Scope and boundaries of TD need to be set, so that practitioners can apply the right practice at the right time.
The paper presents the conceptual boundaries of TD in the current existing literature and identifies the gaps.
Earlier versions of this paper were presented at the 2017 DAKAM Conference in Istanbul, Turkey and the 2018 Academy of Human Resource Development International Conference in the Americas in Richmond, Virginia.
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