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 15: Characterizing the ‘global war for talent’

Kyle Griffith


The widely accepted ‘war for talent’ approach to personnel management endeavours to maximize the efficient use of resources by pursuing ‘talent’ within an increasingly diverse workforce. But what ‘talent’ means and how one goes about securing it is context dependent, making it difficult to devise broad strategies. Taken within a global context, that is, the ‘global war for talent’, the concept reaches greater levels of complexity for practitioners and academics alike. In this chapter I characterize the ‘global war for talent’ by providing demographic, economic and theoretical background while drawing connections to international talent management (ITM). A qualitative case study examining ITM in the United Kingdom National Health Service (NHS) is presented. Results show that the ‘global war for talent’ ideologically underpins ITM but that instead of improving recruitment outcomes, it is making ITM less efficient as practitioners fight to influence larger political developments, mainly concerning immigration policy.

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