Quid pro quo? The future for graduate development programmes through the lens of talent management

Clark-Ambrosini, Jane L. and Ashleigh, Melanie J. and Higgs, Malcolm and Baruch, Yehuda (2022) Quid pro quo? The future for graduate development programmes through the lens of talent management. The International Journal of Human Resource Management. ISSN 0958-5192

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Abstract

The value of graduate development programmes (GDPs) from a talent management (TM) perspective is unknown. The contemporary TM literature focuses primarily on talent programmes for existing employees whereas less attention has been placed on externally recruited talent pools, in particular graduates. Attracting graduate talent is a priority for many organisations, as evidenced by the amount of investment contributed to this activity, but research on the employer’s intended outcomes and expectations of partici- pants in GDPs seems to lack coherence. To bridge this gap, this paper aims to develop a conceptual model to explicate the nature and process of GDP, using TM and the wider career literature. The model helps in our understanding of what contextual factors are important and how these factors influence policy and practice to GDPs. We also explore the value of GDPs based on the psychological contract perspec- tive in a contemporary career system. To achieve these aims, the paper investigates how the design and agenda of GDPs may be reframed by analysing several literatures including talent pool segmentation, identity, psychological contract theory and career management. We also expand the existing TM literature by exploring the factors that directly impact the outcomes of GDPs and set future research agenda.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2022.2117991
Dates:
DateEvent
23 August 2022Accepted
7 October 2022Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Talent management, psychological contract, identity, graduates, context, graduate development programmes
Subjects: CAH17 - business and management > CAH17-01 - business and management > CAH17-01-05 - human resource management
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > Birmingham City Business School > Ctr. Leadership and Management Practice
Depositing User: Malcolm Higgs
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2022 10:33
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2022 10:33
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13701

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