Still Fighting the "War for Talent''? Bridging the Science Versus Practice Gap

Anthony McDonnell*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The purpose of this article is to identify some the most critical outstanding issues faced by practitioners in undertaking effective talent management. In spite of the global financial crisis, talent management will continue being one of the most important challenges faced by organizations in the coming decade. Workforce demographics and skills shortages are likely to make the "war for talent'' fiercer than ever before making effective talent management a competitive necessity. While talent management is rapidly developing as a research field, there are many areas and questions that need to be explored. These questions are likely to have a particularly important applied benefit as they represent some of the key challenges organizations are grappling with in effectively managing their talent. The article asks researchers in the field to consider the questions proposed in developing future research agendas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-173
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of business and psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011


  • Talent management
  • High potentials
  • Strategy
  • War for talent
  • Management development
  • Management


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