Building Micro-foundations for Talent Management

David G. Collings, Dana B. Minbaeva

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This chapter provides a mapping of conceptual boundaries using a micro-foundational approach. It uses this mapping as a diagnostic tool to help the reader identify some of the key but under-researched issues that future research in important field must explore. The chapter begins by defining TM and reviewing the basic logic behind the arguments of micro-foundations. It illustrates that the key state-of-the-art discussions in TM are currently happening at a number of different levels. The chapter argues that discussions will benefit from explicating underlying mechanisms at the individual level. The focus on talent pools calls for a move from vacancy led recruitment toward “recruiting ahead of the curve”. Micro-foundations have been an important theme in management research and can be seen as an instance of “reductionism”. Theoretically, the HR process literature might represent a useful lens through which to explore questions in the context of TM.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to Talent Management
EditorsIbraiz Tarique
Number of pages12
Place of PublicationNew York
Publication date2021
ISBN (Print)9781138202146, 9781032038285
ISBN (Electronic)9781315474687
Publication statusPublished - 2021
SeriesRoutledge Companions in Business, Management and Marketing

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