Conceptualisations of development approaches to promote individual creative talent

Anastasia Kulichyova, Sandra Moffet, Judith Woods, Martin McCracken

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Purpose: This chapter explores the strategic role of human resource development (HRD) as a function of talent management (TM) and discusses how HRD activities can help to facilitate more creative behaviours, in the international hospitality industry.

Approach: We focus on TM and HRD research exploring how these lenses are conceptually positioned given our current knowledge on creativity. We draw on the system-based approach to creativity and reconceptualise the creativity components by levels of flexibility/plasticity and outline how such approaches can help creative practice development.

Findings: We rationalise the existing conceptual approaches to creativity and propose a simplified model considering the developmental aspects of creativity. First, we theorise the TM/HRD strategies, such as training and development via learning, as a mechanism to connect TM/HRD to creativity in the organisational setting. We inform the current literature on whether and how creative processes emerge at work and affect creative flow in the bottom-top and top-bottom directions. Second, we advance the development of creativity theory by reconceptualising the established creativity components by degrees of flexibility/plasticity. Such re-conceptualisation allows for more nuanced examinations of organisational stimuli (i.e. training and development) on developmental conceptions of creativity.

Originality: This is the first piece of work that has investigated the fit between TM/HRD and creativity research. Our conceptual model illustrates that creativity can be promoted and developed at work by incorporating developmental initiatives such as TM/HRD.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTalent management innovations in the international hospitality industry
EditorsStefan Jooss, Ralf Burbach, Huub Ruël
PublisherEmerald Publishing
ISBN (Electronic)9781800713062
ISBN (Print)9781800713079
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2021

Publication series

NameTalent Management


  • Employee creativity
  • Creativity development
  • Human resource development
  • Creative talent development
  • Hospitality sector
  • Conceptual model of creativity


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