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Novera Ansar () and Akhtar Baloch ()
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Novera Ansar: PhD Scholar, Department of Public Administration, University of Karachi,
Akhtar Baloch: Professor, PhD, Department of Public Administration, University of Karachi, a

IBT Journal of Business Studies (JBS), 2018, vol. 14, issue 1, 14-14

Abstract: Talent' has become a popular term amongst academicians and practitioners during the last two decades. A general problem, despite this increased interest on Talent, is that the construct of Talent and Talent Management lack theoretical vigor and standardized definition. The aim of this paper is to make a contribution to the literature on Talent and Talent Management by a critical review of the construct of Talent. The evolution of the definition of the term Talent was traced through different time periods starting from the Biblical Times when talent was used for a very large sum of money to the present times when it is considered as a cognitive ability. A philological perspective was also taken to identify the roots of different approaches towards Talent in speakers of different languages and terms, that are interchangeably used in lieu of Talent were also explored. Different definitions of the term Talent Management were analyzed to understand the different approaches taken by the authors. The dominant approach used in the definitions of Talent Management was found to be exclusive. The study concluded that it is important to develop a uniform definition of Talent and Talent Management for a shared understanding for both academic work on the topic and its practical implication for the corporate world.

Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.46745/ilma.ibtjbs.2018.141.14

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