To read this content please select one of the options below:

Talent management and organizational sustainability: role of sustainable behaviour

Muhammad Mujtaba (Department of Management Sciences, Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology, Karachi, Pakistan)
Muhammad Shujaat Mubarik (College of Business Management, Institute of Business Management, Karachi, Pakistan)

International Journal of Organizational Analysis

ISSN: 1934-8835

Article publication date: 17 February 2021

Issue publication date: 31 January 2022




This study aims to examine the role of talent management (TM) in improving organizational sustainability (OS). The study also investigates employees’ sustainable behaviour (SB) in achieving three-dimensional sustainability goals (i.e. economic, social and environmental).


This study focused on medium and large-scale manufacturing firms, whereas the sample size was 196 firms. Data was collected through close-ended questionnaires using the cluster sampling technique. The partial least square-structural equation modelling was used to estimate the modelled relationships.


Results show a significant direct impact of TM on OS. Likewise, the results also show a substantial impact of all three dimensions of TM (acquisition, development and retention) on OS. Results confirm that employees’ SB positively mediates between TM and OS.

Research limitations/implications

The study focuses on the manufacturing sector of Pakistan. The study’s findings imply that TM strategies are an indispensable source of sustainability to attract, develop and retain talented employees in the situation of talent shortage. Moreover, sustainable employees’ behaviour is also depicted as a positive role between TM and OS because sustainable success is not only required the expertize of employees, but it also needs the dedication of employees.

Practical implications

This study enhances the understanding of TM’s role in improving the OS. The findings imply that a firm should consider TM as the apex strategy for elevating the performance. Findings also reveal the need to adopt a comprehensive strategy or system to manage the talent of an organization.


Linking the TM with OS and SB is the novelty of the study.



Mujtaba, M. and Mubarik, M.S. (2022), "Talent management and organizational sustainability: role of sustainable behaviour", International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Vol. 30 No. 2, pp. 389-407.



Emerald Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2021, Emerald Publishing Limited

Related articles