Talent status awareness: An alternative perspective

Violetta Khoreva, Vlad Vaiman, Edyta Kostanek

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In order to contribute to the theoretical understanding of talent management and its components, this article offers an alternative perspective on talent status awareness and focuses on the negative side of informing the selected employees of their talent status. In line with expectancy, social exchange and equity theories, we propose that even though reactions of talent pool members towards talent recognition tend to be positive, negative reactions of those employees who are aware of their status but whose expectations are not met, as well as negative reactions of those employees who are not recognized as talents may outweigh positive reactions. By examining the critical side of talent status awareness, this article adds value to the existing work in talent management, promotes a dialogue, and encourages new directions in theoretical and empirical research. An increased understanding of ‘the dark side’ of talent status awareness may help organizational decision makers when formulating strategic talent management programs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAcademy of Management Proceedings
PublisherAcademy of Management
VolumeJanuary 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
EventAcademy of Management 76th Annual Conference: Making Organizations Meaningful - Anaheim, United States
Duration: 5 Aug 20169 Aug 2016


ConferenceAcademy of Management 76th Annual Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • strategic human resource management
  • talent management
  • workforce differentiation


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