Why Do Organisations Run Talent Programmes? Insights from UK Organisations

  • Sunday AdebolaEmail author


This chapter reports a case study approach to understanding the reasons why private sector companies implement talent programmes. Workforce differentiation, institutional theory, and human capital theory are summarised as theoretical backgrounds. Based on four case companies in contrasting sectors, cross-case comparison reveals that, while all companies had accompanying high-level narratives around the importance of talented employees to competitive advantage, each company had a distinctive talent driver that shaped the structure and content of their talent programme. The four drivers were inclusivity, succession planning, categorisation of employees, and categorisation of key roles.


Talent management Talent philosophy Private sector Institutional theory Human capital 


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  1. 1.Huddersfield Business SchoolUniversity of HuddersfieldHuddersfieldUK

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