Rites of passage through talent management progression stages: an identity work perspective

Tansley, C. ORCID: 0000-0001-6893-3243 and Tietze, S., 2013. Rites of passage through talent management progression stages: an identity work perspective. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 24 (9), pp. 1799-1815. ISSN 0958-5192


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Our aim in this paper is to examine the experiences of organisational 'talent' as they advance through progressive stages of a talent management programme and to identify ways in which identity work plays a major part in such transitional processes. A case study is presented examining the experiences of accountancy professionals ('talent') in a global management consultancy as they progress through 'rites of passage' at different levels of a talent management programme. Findings firstly show that successful transitions through such rites of passage are the necessary precursors to talent advancement. Secondly, that the exercise of identity work is a concomitant part of specific phases of such rites of passage (separation, liminality and incorporation). Thirdly, that, particularly at the most senior management levels, 'appropriate identities' in line with normative assumptions of the organisation are required to be developed and displayed. Finally, that such progression is characterised by being in ambiguous and fluid relationships and contexts, which need to be overcome in an on-going process of talent advancement. Lessons are drawn for the design of talent management interventions that take identity work into account.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Human Resource Management
Creators: Tansley, C. and Tietze, S.
Date: 2013
Volume: 24
Number: 9
ISSN: 0958-5192
Rights: This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 2013 copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09585192.2013.777542.
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 09:41
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2021 11:25
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1283

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