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Book chapter

Talent Management: Definitions and Theoretical Approaches

P. 505-512.

Nowadays the most significant challenges in people management for companies are to attract, develop and retain people that companies treat as talents. These challenges become complex in an unstable economy and uncertain situations for businesses. Talent management practices were originated in the early 1990s in the USA. Talent management strategies in companies of developed countries are described by some authors as a mature approach, a new paradigm in people management. The paper aims to consider theoretical approaches to talent management studies, to bring out several disputable moments of theoretical constructs in this field, to understand discrepancies and gaps in the extant studies In order to achieve these goals the analysis of the recent academic literature in the field is conducted, the main constructs of talent management are observed, definitions of talent are discussed, and basis vectors of the talent in business is suggested. Talent management is analyzed from two main points of view, elicited from the set of literature: talent management as a system and as a strategy, some inconsistencies and omissions are mentioned. Then several main tensions in talent management approaches are noted.