Talent definition and talent management recognition in Chinese private‐owned enterprises

Shuai Zhang, David Bright

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Abstract

Purpose –
Talent management (TM) is underdeveloped and TM recognition is unclear in the context of Chinese private‐owned enterprises (POEs). As talent definition is the basis of TM practices, the purpose of this paper is to explore talent definition and TM recognition in the context of Chinese real estate POEs, in order to explore how Chinese cultural context and POEs' characteristics influence talent definition and TM recognition.

Design/methodology/approach –
In total, 27 semi‐structured interviews were conducted in three case study companies.

Findings –
Based on qualitative analysis, the paper finds talent definition is influenced by the important Chinese cultural factor “guanxi” and is quite different from existing Western TM literature. TM recognition is also influenced by the Chinese POEs' operation characteristics.

Originality/value –
The paper finds a new talent definition criterion, “guanxi”, and identifies TM recognition in the context of Chinese POEs. The paper thus contributes to TM literature in China.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-163
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Chinese Entrepreneurship
Volume4
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

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