Employee perceptions of the talent management message: Case analyses in Danish SMEs

Bish, Adelle & Jorgensen, Frances (2016) Employee perceptions of the talent management message: Case analyses in Danish SMEs. In 76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, 5-9 August 2016, Anaheim, CA.

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Much of the research on talent management has been focused on how it can be designed and implemented to maximize an organization’s competitive advantage. Far less attention has been aimed at understanding employees’ perceptions of their organizations’ talent management message. Moreover, studies on talent management have primarily been conducted in large, multi-national organizations. In our qualitative, multiple case study of nine SMEs in Denmark, we investigate employees’ perceptions of their organizations’ talent management message prior to and after being employed and how these before and after perceptions influence their current attitudes and behaviors. Our findings suggest that while externally oriented talent management messages in SMEs may mimic those of large organizations, internal messages may be far less explicit and formalized in SMEs. Further, there appeared to be a high level of incongruence between internal and external talent management messages in these SMEs. Significantly, the perceived impact of gaps between the external and internal talent management messages on employees’ attitudes and behaviors seemed however to be mitigated by value alignment. Drawing from these findings, we emphasize contributions to talent management theory and practice and propose a number of directions for future research.

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ID Code: 98283
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Talent Management, Employee Perceptions, SMEs, Qualitative Case Analysis
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Behaviour (150311)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 23 Aug 2016 05:17
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2016 05:29

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