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Identifying talent: public organisation with skewed performance scores

Joko Siswanto (Department of Industrial Engineering, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung, Indonesia)
Edi Cahyono (Department of Mathematics, Universitas Halu Oleo, Kendari, Indonesia)
Joe Monang (Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung, Indonesia) (BP2D Provinsi Jawa Barat, Bandung, Indonesia)
Atya Nur Aisha (School of Industrial Engineering, Telkom University, Bandung, Indonesia) (Industrial Engineering and Management, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung, Indonesia)
Dedi Mulyadi (Human Resources Board, Government of West Java Province, Bandung, Indonesia)

Journal of Management Development

ISSN: 0262-1711

Article publication date: 29 April 2021

Issue publication date: 8 June 2021




This study aims to draw lessons on how talent identification becomes a critical factor in the field of talent management (TM).


A simulation approach with three developed scenarios is used in the paper. The first utilised the standard deviation of skewed performance scores, the second applied the standard deviation of normalised data and the third practised a percentile approach. Concerning the normalisation process of employee performance data, the paper proposed a weighted function to address skewness.


The results indicate that the process of identifying talent using a nine-grid box is sensitive to changes in the classification criteria used, indicating a bias in identifying talent. In sum, using a standard deviation approach using transformation data is the most appropriate choice for use in performance data with a skewed distribution.

Practical implications

The Government of West Java Province, Indonesia, can use the simulation results to objectively identify excellent civil servants and develop an appropriate TM strategy. A similar process treatment can be implemented in other organisations that have skew distribution issues.


This paper introduces a weighted function approach to address practical problems in the unsymmetrical distribution of employee performance scores when identifying talent using a TM framework. It shows the application of a unique mathematical technique to solve issues found in the field of human resources management systems.



This research partly is supported by P3MI, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Year 2019.


Siswanto, J., Cahyono, E., Monang, J., Aisha, A.N. and Mulyadi, D. (2021), "Identifying talent: public organisation with skewed performance scores", Journal of Management Development, Vol. 40 No. 4, pp. 293-312.



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