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Tackling the global talent challenge : a comparative case study on the strategic alignment of global talent management and ICT in multinational corporations

Lake, Christina (2013) Tackling the global talent challenge : a comparative case study on the strategic alignment of global talent management and ICT in multinational corporations.

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Abstract:Talent is a critical factor for organizational success. MNCs face the challenge of fierce competition for talent worldwide by increasing their efforts in global talent management (GTM). To improve the strategic alignment of GTM, organizations increasingly incorporate information and communication technology (ICT) applications to support their GTM system. However, not every organization is successful at applying these new opportunities and aligning them successfully with their organizational strategy. The comparative case study aims at conceptualizing the relationship between strategic GTM and strategic ICT in an aligned effort. As a result, the paper presents a conceptual framework that visualizes company’s different approaches to achieve this alignment. However, the framework is less black and white than expected and different companies display GTM- ICT characteristics which place them in the grey parts in between each of the profiles. Additionally, throughout the study it becomes apparent that achieving alignment of strategic GTM and strategic ICT is an iterative process. Since strategic alignment is not static but it is continuously changing it requires companies to continuously revaluate their current GTM practices and ICT applications while scanning the external market for new developments in the field of GTM and ICT to ensure the innovative state of the system. Further, the results indicated that MNCs from high-tech sectors are more successful in supporting their strategic GTM applications with suitable ICT applications than MNCs from low-tech sectors. The research presents a first step towards researching the relationship between strategic GTM and strategic ICT in MNCs. The findings as well as the proposed framework might be used as a foundation for further research studies.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/64140
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