An empirical study of the role of the corporate HR function in global talent management in professional and financial service firms in the global financial crisis

Paul Sparrow, Elaine Farndale, Hugh Scullion

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Abstract

This study presents an empirical exploration of a theory-driven framework of corporate human resource (CHR) roles in global talent management (GTM). Specifically, it expands our knowledge of the process of GTM in two sectors: financial and professional services. On the basis of the in-depth interview data from two firms, the study finds evidence of four distinct roles for CHR in facilitating successful GTM. The different business contexts are, however, critical to understanding the findings; in particular, the study demonstrates how CHR roles in GTM are affected by the approach to international business strategy and GTM, extent of corporate centralisation, and the business context, particularly the impact of the 2008 global financial services crisis. The study also shows the importance of a micro-component approach to the study of the global integration-local responsiveness balance in GTM. GTM strategy is found to be highly embedded in the broader business structure and shifts in the direction of globalisation within the sector, entailing epochs and episodes of internationalisation. Future GTM research needs to be more closely embedded in the strategic pathways of the firm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1777-1798
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Volume24
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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