Advances in Talent Management Research: A Review of Extant Literature

  • Adel Alferaih
Part of the Advances in Theory and Practice of Emerging Markets book series (ATPEM)


This paper aims to provide a selective literature review of articles published in the last decade on talent management (TM), specifically on aspects of TM implementation in particular sectors, and to explore the methodological and theoretical limitations of emerging research in this area. The review identified a total of 64 relevant articles related to the following 8 sectors: tourism and hospitality, education, banking and finance, business process outsourcing and information technology-enabled services, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, real estate and telecommunications. Among the most frequently occurring methodological limitations discovered were limited generalisability, context-specific subject or biased sample, insufficient sample size and a snapshot approach to data collection. The review also found that this research lacked a theoretical underpinning and that more research studies are needed to empirically validate some of the key variables emerging in this area of research. The study concludes with a literature synthesis and recommendations for future research.


Literature review Talent Talent management Sector Methodological limitations Theoretical limitations 


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  • Adel Alferaih
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  1. 1.Ministry of EducationRiyadhSaudi Arabia

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