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Title: Innate or acquired? Theoretical considerations and their implications for talent management
Authors: Meyers, M.C. ×
van Woerkom, M.
Dries, Nicky #
Issue Date: Dec-2013
Publisher: JAI Press
Series Title: Human Resource Management Review vol:23 issue:4 pages:305-321
Abstract: In order to contribute to the theoretical understanding of talent management, this paper aims to shed light on the meaning of the term ‘talent’ by answering the following
question: Is talent predominantly an innate construct, is it mostly acquired, or does it result from the interaction between (specific levels of) nature and nurture components? Literature stemming from different disciplines has been reviewed to summarize the main arguments in support of each of the three perspectives. Subsequently, these arguments are mapped on a continuum ranging from completely innate to completely acquired. We argue that an organization’s position on this continuum entails important implications for its design of talent management practices, which we discuss extensively. By providing guidelines on how
an organization’s talent management system can be shaped in accordance with their respective talent definition, this paper is particularly useful to HR practitioners.
ISSN: 1053-4822
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Centre for Organisation Studies, Leuven
Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) - miscellaneous
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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