Talent sharing for organisational development A fascinating project launched in October2020
This research has been designed at the Chair for Human Resource Management and Intercultural Management at ESCP Business School, Berlin and launched in October 2020.
It covers talents and talent experts from 9 different industries. It represents the first study on talent sharing, including its design and success factors. Thereby, it provides important recommendations for organisations on this increasingly applied approach.
What is the effect of talent sharing on learning and development in organizations?
Methodology and milestones
We followed an explorative research approach conducting 21 interviews with talents and talent experts in various organisations originating in Austria and Germany. This approach helps us to gain deep insights into outcomes and mechanisms underlying talent sharing and to pay tribute to the context-dependency of talent management.
- Marion Festing (ESCP, Berlin campus)
- Katharina Salmen (ESCP, Berlin campus)
Research keytake aways
Talent sharing has the potential to bring novel resources into organisations including new knowledge and skills as well as cultural values. This is especially valuable for organizations in dynamic contexts that are forced to reinvent themselves.
In order to capitalize on the insights gleaned from talent sharing, organisations need to consider various success factors such as the role of managers, corporate culture, HRM / TM as well as behaviors and motivations of talents.
Talents represent the lynchpin of talent sharing: they are not only important boundary spanners between host and home organizations but they are also the ones who hold strategic positions helping them to spread the insights gained from talent sharing. Therefore, it is especially important to select adequate people for talent sharing.
12 Research projects from the Reinventing Work Chair
By bringing together academics and professionals, the Chair facilitates renewed theoretical and practical views of the following key topics:
- Reshaping the work experience
- The role of agility to organise and change work
- Measuring the paradox of flexible working
- Psychological contract and new work relationships
- HR & digitalisation
- Talent sharing as a new development tool
- Technology-enabled interviews
- Shifts in expertise in the data science era
- Managing in geographically dispersed virtual organisations
- Virtual teams and well-being
- Meaning of work and self organisation
- New contact centers & hybrid work (coming soon)
Shared research outputs / Awards and articles
Paper accepted for presentation at the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Seattle/USA, August 2022
Paper presented at the 10th EIASM Workshop on Talent Management (online), Oct 2021 [ link ]