Friday, January 15, 2010

Call for Papers: European Perspectives on Talent Management

European Journal of International Management
Special Issue on European Perspectives on Talent Management
Guest Editors:
  • David G Collings, J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics, NUI Galway, Galway , Ireland,
  • Hugh Scullion, J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics, NUI Galway, Galway , Ireland, and
  • Vlad Vaiman, Reykjavik University School of Business, Reykjavik, Iceland

Since the late 1990s the concept of talent management has gained increasing currency among practitioners and academics alike. Practitioner reports clearly indicated that talent management occupies a significant amount of senior managerial time and additionally that it is something which organizations find quite challenging. For example a study conducted by the Boston Consulting Group in 2007 identified talent management as one of five key challenges facing the HR profession in Europe . However the study also concluded that it was one of the challenges which the function was one of the areas where the function was least competent in. Thus, the topic is clearly of interest to practitioners. From an academic perspective talent management has been criticized for lacking conceptual and intellectual foundation, definition and rigor. However a number of recent contributions have contributed to this emerging field and provided some theoretical framing for the study of talent management and appear to offer some optimism for the potential of the area to contribute to the study of the management of organizations. This special issue is intended to contribute to this emerging theoretical and empirical base and to further advance the understanding of talent management. Specifically, the special issue is intended to explore the nature of talent management in the European context. Given that the idea emerged in the North American context and that many of the leading academic contributions have emerged from there also, Europe represents an important context to explore talent management. We welcome empirical and theoretical papers which advance our knowledge of this important area. The following list is indicative of the types of contributions which may be appropriate. However it is not intended to be exhaustive and rather is illustrative:

Subject Coverage

Examples of topics appropriate to the special issue include:·

  • The linkage between talent management and organizational performance·
  • Talent management in the context of the current economic climate·
  • Talent management in Central & Eastern Europe·
  • The transfer and standardization of talent management systems in MNEs·
  • The role of information systems in talent management·
  • The interplay between talent management and knowledge management·
  • How talent management is conceptualized and operationalised in different European context·
  • The role employer branding in talent management·
  • The linkages between talent management and corporate social responsibility·
  • The language and rhetoric of talent management·
  • The role of the line manager in talent management

Notes for Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page (

Important Dates

  • Draft submission deadline: September 1, 2010
  • Final paper submission deadline: March 1, 2011
  • Publication release: October 2011
  • Editors and Notes

You may send one copy in the form of an MS Word file attached to an e-mail (details in Author Guidelines) to:

David Collings,
Department of Management,
NUI Galway ,University Road,
Tel. +35391459385

With an email copy only to:

EJIM Editorial Team
Email: and
IEL Editorial Office
Please include in your submission the title of the Special Issue, the title of the Journal and the name of the Guest Editors.

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