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Investigating the triangular relationship between temporary event workforce, event employment businesses and event organisers

Eleni Michopoulou (University of Derby, Derby, UK)
Iride Azara (University of Derby, Derby, UK)
Anna Russell (University of Derby, Derby, UK)

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

ISSN: 0959-6119

Article publication date: 10 April 2020

Issue publication date: 23 April 2020

Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to examine issues of talent management (TM) in events. Specifically, it investigates the triangular relationship that exists amongst temporary event workforces, event employment businesses (EEBs) and event organisers (EOs).

Design/methodology/approach

A mixed method design was used including a quantitative survey of UK temporary event workers (TEW) to examine their characteristics and motivations to work at events; a qualitative survey with (EOs) to understand the reasons for using TEW and (EEBs) and interviews with EEBs to understand their challenges in delivering best-fit between TEW and EOs.

Findings

This study sheds light on the complex relationships amongst temporary event workforces, EOs and event employment businesses. Findings show TEW who display high levels of affective commitment towards their employment organisation and possess the characteristics of extraversion and contentiousness, are highly motivated to work at events. EOs suggest their operational restrictions (such as limited resources, time and expertise) are fuelling the need to use EEBs to source staff with the right skills and attitudes. In turn, these recruiters demonstrate they play an active role in reconciling the often-conflicting needs of EOs and TEW.

Originality/value

This study extends knowledge and understanding on TM in events by providing insights into the characteristics of TEW as a growing labour market segment in the event sector. Significantly, the study contributes to a better understanding of the critical role that EEBs play in the construction, development and management of talent in events.

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Citation

Michopoulou, E., Azara, I. and Russell, A. (2020), "Investigating the triangular relationship between temporary event workforce, event employment businesses and event organisers", International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. 32 No. 3, pp. 1247-1273. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCHM-11-2018-0925

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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