London School of Economics and Political Science
Conventional HRM research discusses talent management as a strategy for improving a company's competitive advantage. It entails the selection, development and retention of those employees with exceptional business skills and leadership capabilities. By suggesting that there is a 'talent market' where companies have to compete for entrepreneurial employees, HRM is placed in a functionalist paradigm. This paper approaches the phenomenon of talent management from two distinct perspectives: conventional HRM and Foucauldian analysis.