Handbook of Human Resource Management in the Tourism and Hospitality Industries
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Handbook of Human Resource Management in the Tourism and Hospitality Industries

Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Julia C. Hughes

The hospitality and tourism sector is an increasingly significant contributor to GDP worldwide, as well as a key source of employment in developing regions. Drawing on contemporary research, this Handbook provides a provocative review of the major human resource challenges facing the hospitality and tourism sector today.
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Chapter 7: Evolving conceptions of talent management: a roadmap for hospitality and tourism

Julia Christensen Hughes and William C. Murray


‘Talent management’ has received considerable attention within organizations, and increasingly within academe, since its introduction as a source of competitive advantage twenty years ago. Yet debate continues as to what talent management actually means, including its underlying theory, philosophy, practice and intent. This chapter provides a roadmap to the evolving understandings of talent management, within hospitality and tourism, but also within the management literature more generally. Increasingly, talent management has been acknowledged as a pluralistic concept, one that is context dependent. The hospitality industry presents an ideal opportunity for advancing understanding of talent management, through the exploration of its definition and use within large multinationals, as well as SME’s, from the perspective of multiple stakeholders (front-line employees, managers and society, as well as senior staff), and with respect to changes occurring in the external environment. One central premise of the talent management literature is that valued talent is scarce. Given mounting economic and technological disruptions, it is unclear to what extent this will continue to be the case.

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