22 SES 11 C, Policy, Management and Governance in Higher Education
Implementation of Talent Management at Some Turkish Universities
Higher education institutions are under the effects of global and demografic changes such as aging, new working habits of Y and Z generations, knowlegde economy, Bologna Process, high & complex skills requirement in administrative positions, global competition, need to develop academic staffs, cooperation with industry, globalization. These changes influenced the organizations’ and universities’ functions and structures which need to see talent management as a priority in order to survive and increase their effectiveness. Talent management approach sees talent and talented persons as a competitive advanteges. As a concept talent designates the outstanding mastery of a systematically developed abilities and knowledge in at least one field of human activity (Gagne, 2004,120). According to Powell and Lubish (2007, 24) talented persons “the handful of employees whose ideas, knowledge and skills give them the potential to produce disproportionate value from the resources they have available to them. They are the creative people, the innovators and entrepreneurs.” Talent management is the systematic attraction, identification, development, engagement, retention and deployment of those individuals who are of particular value to an organization, either in view of their ‘high potential’ for the future or because they are fulfilling business/operation-critical roles(CIPD,2006). During 1990’s some researches results showed that talent is the very important differentiator of the successful companies from the others and better talent is worth fighting for. McKinsey research results first coined the term “the war for talent”. Talent management is a critical businness challenge and the war for management talent is intensifying dramatically (Axelroad, Handfield-Jones and Welsh, 2001).Talent management is related with the developing the organization’s workforce for the future and includes career development (Gorrow and Hirsh, 2008, 389). After personnel and strategic human resources management, talent management accepted as the third stages of human resources management in 21 th century (Fang Li and Devos, 2008,17). Literature review indicates that as industry and private sector organizations deeply concern with talent management, universities which is a source of talented persons, have been showing very limited concern to talent management policy and implications (Heuer, 2003, 14). Very few studies have been published addressing the talent management strategies within four-year colleges and universities (Riccio, 2010,2). This study aimed to reveal opinions and recommendations of academic staffs and university administrators’ on implementation of talent management in five different talent management dimensions which are attracting, deploying, developing, retaining talent and succession planning at some Turkish Universities in İstanbul. Three sub-aims were questioned in this research which are How does opinions of academic staffs and administrators (deans) about the implementation level of attracting, deploying, developing, retaining talent and succession planning dimensions at their universities. Are there any significant difference between the opinions of academic staff in terms of title, faculty, university’s types. What are the recommendations of academic staffs and administrators (deans) about implementing talent management in their university’s
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