Global talent management: exploring talent identification in the multinational enterprise

Anthony McDonnell*, Catriona Hickey, Patrick Gunnigle

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In recent decades, interest in talent management has continued to grow among practitioners, consultants and academics. Conceptual development and subsequent empirical analysis has been limited and struggled to keep pace with the plethora of management consultancy reports in the area. More recently, global talent management has come to the fore due to the increasing importance and challenges multinational enterprises (MNEs) face in satisfying their talent demands. This paper analyses the operationalisation of the talent identification stage in global talent management. In so doing, we find that the use of talent pool segmentation is becoming a popular means of identifying and managing talent. However, MNEs face a number of challenges in ensuring that it is an effective system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-193
Number of pages20
JournalEuropean Journal of International Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • talent identification
  • global talent management
  • talent pools
  • multinational enterprise
  • high potentials
  • international management
  • HR


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