Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the implementation of talent management interventions in UK public sector organisations. Design/methodology/approach – This paper draws upon the findings of a qualitative study of talent management in two UK public sector case study organisations. Findings – Implementing talent management was found to present particular tensions for public sector managers, particularly in terms of its alignment with well‐embedded diversity and equality policies and their own perceptions of fair treatment in the workplace. Despite an acknowledgement that the sector needs to attract, develop and retain the most talented individuals to achieve its modernisation agenda, interventions which require singling out those individuals for special treatment challenges many of its established practices for recruitment and selection, employee development and career management. Practical implications – Public sector organisations need to invest both time and effort into developing appropriate and relevant approaches to talent management, which take proper account of line managers' perceptions of fair treatment and established organisational approaches to diversity and equality. Originality/value – Talent management is a topic of growing interest from employers concerned about their work force demographics, specific skills shortages and the retention of high potential employees but the concepts that inform talent interventions are often unclear or are an uneasy fit with the beliefs and understandings about fair treatment of those who have to implement them.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jun 25, 2010
Keywords: Human resource management; Equal opportunities; Employee development; Managers; Public sector; United Kingdom
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