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Talent development: status quo and future directions

Renu Dalal (Department of Technology, Leadership and Innovation, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA)
Mesut Akdere (Department of Technology, Leadership and Innovation, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA) (Director of Purdue HRD Virtual Lab, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA)

Industrial and Commercial Training

ISSN: 0019-7858

Article publication date: 24 August 2018

Issue publication date: 30 August 2018

Abstract

Purpose

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.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper reviews the literature on TD.

Findings

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.

Practical implications

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.

Originality/value

The paper presents the conceptual boundaries of TD in the current existing literature and identifies the gaps.

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Acknowledgements

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.

Citation

Dalal, R. and Akdere, M. (2018), "Talent development: status quo and future directions", Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 50 No. 6, pp. 342-355. https://doi.org/10.1108/ICT-03-2018-0033

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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