Towards liminality competence: a migrant's talent identity narratives for re-imagining global talent management

Chen, G.K.-W. ORCID: 0000-0001-8107-0286, Tansley, C. ORCID: 0000-0001-6893-3243 and Chou, R.C.-C., 2021. Towards liminality competence: a migrant's talent identity narratives for re-imagining global talent management. Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance. ISSN 2051-6614

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to answer two research questions: How does a self-initiated migrant (SiM)'s talent identity work operate in relation to their culture, the societies in which they live, their interpersonal relationships and their tacit knowledge development? and how can global talent management be re-imagined in light of this?

Design/methodology/approach: This co-constructed autoethnography is produced from reflexive, dyadic interviews and text “conversations” with an SiM doing “global talent identity work” and uses narrative analysis to investigate how liminal competence is developed across the life cycle.

Findings: This study shows how talent identity work is rooted in the lived, meaningful experiences of individual talent, from childhood to adult life in a pandemic. The authors add to knowledge about COVID-19 experiences of SiMs, uncover poignant examples of the role of migrant ethnic and knowledge discrimination and identify lessons for managerial practice in engendering liminality competence by combining global talent management and knowledge management.

Practical implications: Lessons are drawn for global talent management strategies that appreciate and support individual talent ethnic and knowledge inclusion of underappreciated migrant talent.

Originality/value: Examining the connection between talent identity work and liminality competence, the authors show how an individual's talent might be wasted through different forms of discrimination and highlight how ethnic discrimination during a pandemic points the way to positive changes in talent knowledge management initiatives. This study suggests ways in which ethnic and knowledge discrimination might be addressed through talent management strategies.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance
Creators: Chen, G.K.-W., Tansley, C. and Chou, R.C.-C.
Publisher: Emerald
Date: 13 July 2021
ISSN: 2051-6614
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 05 Aug 2021 15:04
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2021 15:04

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