Special Issue "Talent Management – a Paradigm Shift in Human Resources Management?"

A special issue of Merits (ISSN 2673-8104).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 October 2023 | Viewed by 1109

Special Issue Editors

1. Faculty of Management in Production and Transportation, Politehnica University of Timisoara, 300003 Timisoara, Romania
2. President of the Romanian Ergonomics and Workplace Management Society (ErgoWork), Timisoara, Romania
Interests: industrial ergonomics and human factors; human resources management; sustainable development; organizational dynamics
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Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Multimedia University, Malacca 75450, Malaysia
Interests: human factors engineering and ergonomics; TRIZ (the theory of inventive problem solving); usability testing; engineering design; biomechanics; biomedical engineering; manufacturing management; teaching and learning
Faculty of Business, Multimedia University, Malacca 75450, Malaysia
Interests: human error; human factors and ergonomics; operations management; international business; strategic management; organizational behavior

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to submit research studies and review papers showing the latest theories, concepts, approaches, practical cases, and trends in talent management (TM). The current dynamic business environment and globalization trends are making organizations rethink their approach to human resources management (HRM). TM continues to be a subject of various interpretations and debates among scholars, human resources professionals and organizations. Furthermore, in the last three years researchers and consultants have identified this field of management as being a knowledge niche and an opportunity for solving problems, and for making optimizations at the individual, organizational (workplace level, system level (production lines, departments, factories, supply chain etc.)), and global levels (mainly for the case of multinational organizations).

This Special Issue aims to focus on TM from theoretical and empirical perspectives, and to bring evidence of best practices and experiences. We welcome international researchers and experts to contribute an overview of the best models and frameworks for uncovering people’s potential, supporting their development and increasing their professional performance. Furthermore, the scope of this Special Issue is to gather a collection of contributions that propose new concepts, approaches, methods and tools for managing talent (from the operational perspective of HRM to the strategic perspective), considering the global business environment disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Having in mind the current turbulent period for HRM, we expect contributions to address research issues related (but not limited) to the following questions:

  • How do organizations maintain a balance (or preference) between the talents they need and the talent employees have? How can talent be managed at the organizational level?
  • What are the pre-, peri-, and post-pandemic challenges and opportunities in managing the work–life balance related to the better manifestation of people talents? How can talent be managed at the individual level?
  • What is the effect of multiculturality (diversity) on TM?
  • How can TM affect and model organizational culture and behavior?
  • How has the paradigm shifted in the world of TM with the advent of
    e-recruitment and AI technologies?
  • How important are the awareness of occupational safety, health, ergonomics and sustainability in attracting and retaining high-performing employees?
  • How do workplace cultures entailing toxicity, micromanagement, inflexibility, injustice, etc. affect talented workers, and what are the TM strategies for addressing such issues?

Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following themes:

  • Interdisciplinary approach/research/study on TM;
  • Empirical evidence of TM models and frameworks;
  • Best practices (cases, use cases) of managing talent;
  • Performance management vs. TM;
  • Understanding human behavior for managing people;
  • The vision for the future: strategic human resources or TM?;
  • TM and leadership;
  • AI/technologies supporting TM;
  • Re-engineering of TM after the COVID-19 pandemic disruption;
  • Work-life balance and TM;
  • TM strategies for stressful, conflictual workplaces;
  • Green HRM and green TM;
  • Outsourcing of human resources and TM;
  • Brain drain issues;
  • Restructuring and retrenchment.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Anca Draghici
Prof. Dr. Poh Kiat Ng
Dr. Jian Ai Yeow
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • TM
  • human resources management
  • human resources development
  • talent frameworks
  • performance management
  • human behavior
  • human resources technologies
  • trends
  • workplace stress
  • work–life balance

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