Research Handbook of International Talent Management
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Research Handbook of International Talent Management

Edited by Yipeng Liu

International talent management has become a critically important topic for scholarly discussion, in policy debates, and among the business community. Despite this, however, research into talent management tends to lack theoretical underpinnings, especially from an international, multidisciplinary, and comparative perspective. This Research Handbook fills this gap, bringing together a range of leading researchers, scholars, and thinkers to debate and advance the conceptualization and understanding of this multifaceted subject.
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Chapter 6: Global work arrangements and talent management in the born-virtual organization: The case of Automattic

Alessandra Vecchi


Global work arrangements tend to be particularly problematic for the virtual organization, to the extent that there is a vast literature emphasizing the challenges that these companies need to face in identifying, attracting, developing and retaining talent on a global scale. What is particularly striking is that both the vast literature on global work arrangements and on global talent management is exclusively based on the experience of companies that have started assuming the physiognomy of virtual organizations more or less recently but were not actually born that way from their outset as are born-virtual organizations. By contrast, drawing on the experience of Automattic, a born-virtual organization, the chapter outlines how the company has successfully addressed such challenges by implementing global talent management in a very peculiar way. From the findings, it emerges that stemming from their experience there are some exemplary and valuable lessons for all virtual organizations regardless of their evolution on how to embrace global talent management in a more creative way and the great benefits in terms of efficiency and effectiveness that can flow from doing so.

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