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Talk-about Talent: Underlying Philosophies on Talent in Thai SMEs - implications for talent development.

Lawless, A, Panya, F, O'Brien, S and Kok, SK Talk-about Talent: Underlying Philosophies on Talent in Thai SMEs - implications for talent development. Human Resource Development International. ISSN 1367-8868 (Accepted)

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Abstract

This paper provides insight into talent philosophies, the fundamental assumptions and beliefs about talent that are held by key decision-makers in three award-winning Thai Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Interviews were conducted with five key decision-makers in three award-winning SMEs, a total of fifteen interviews. A discourse perspective informs the research as we draw attention to key decision-makers talk-about talent. We highlight shared fundamental assumptions regarding the exclusivity of talent and beliefs that talent is both stable and developable. Discursive analysis also reveals emerging dilemmas; in particular a tension between key-decision makers’ beliefs regarding talent as ‘promotable’ and family expectations in this cultural context. We contribute a conceptual representation of talent management philosophies within this Thai context and discuss how this framework can contribute to future research and practice within Thai SMEs and SME’s in other cultural contexts.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1503 Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
Divisions: Liverpool Business School
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2019 12:31
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2019 11:00
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10341

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