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An evidence-based multilevel framework of talent management: a systematic review

Amro Aljbour (Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia)
Erica French (Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia)
Muhammad Ali (Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia)

International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

ISSN: 1741-0401

Article publication date: 7 May 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

Past research provides mixed evidence of the various elements of talent management. This review consolidates that research evidence to present a comprehensive evidence-based multilevel framework to inform practice and outline future research directions.

Design/methodology/approach

A systematic review of 120 empirical studies, focusing on determinants, practices and/or outcomes of talent management practices, was undertaken.

Findings

Our multilevel framework suggests that talent management perspectives determine talent management practices which, in turn, impact organizational, group and employee outcomes. Most studies focused on identifying talent management perspectives or practices within organizations, while few studies investigated how these perspectives influence practices. The inclusive vs exclusive perspective has been the main focus of the research. However, findings indicate that a combination of perspectives generates a hybrid approach which leads to a range of talent management practices. The most studied practices involve talent development and the least studied involve talent engagement. In total, 67 studies focusing on outcomes of talent management identified organizational performance as the most conspicuous outcome of talent management.

Originality/value

This review contributes to the existing knowledge of talent management by consolidating the empirical evidence on determinants and outcomes of talent management practices and provides a comprehensive, integrated and multilevel framework to guide practice and future research.

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Citation

Aljbour, A., French, E. and Ali, M. (2021), "An evidence-based multilevel framework of talent management: a systematic review", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPPM-02-2020-0065

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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