Talent Management and Career Development: What it Takes to Get Promoted

Journal of World Business, 49 (2), 2014, 236-244

33 Pages Posted: 16 Sep 2013 Last revised: 3 Aug 2014

Jörg Claussen

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich - Faculty of Business Administration (Munich School of Management); Copenhagen Business School - Department of Innovation and Organizational Economics

Thorsten Grohsjean

Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU) - Institute for Strategy, Technology and Organization

Johannes Luger

University of St. Gallen - SoM: School of Management

Gilbert Probst

University of Geneva - Economics and Management Departments

Date Written: September 27, 2013

Abstract

Based on the talent management literature, this paper investigates managerial skills that are essential for managers’ job promotion. Using arguments from the human and social capital literature and following tournament logic, we claim that a manager’s own experience, expertise, and network size positively affect promotion odds, while strong colleagues decrease promotion odds. Studying 7,003 promotions to middle management and 3,147 promotions to senior management, we find broad support for our hypotheses, but find also that network size no longer predicts promotion to senior management. Our findings have implications for individual career development and talent management programs.

Keywords: talent management, job promotion, career development

Suggested Citation

Claussen, Jörg and Grohsjean, Thorsten and Luger, Johannes and Probst, Gilbert, Talent Management and Career Development: What it Takes to Get Promoted (September 27, 2013). Journal of World Business, 49 (2), 2014, 236-244. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2326262 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2326262

Jörg Claussen (Contact Author)

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich - Faculty of Business Administration (Munich School of Management) ( email )

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Munich, 80539
Germany

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Innovation and Organizational Economics ( email )

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Denmark

Thorsten Grohsjean

Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU) - Institute for Strategy, Technology and Organization ( email )

Schackstrasse 4
Munich, Munich 80539
Germany

Johannes Luger

University of St. Gallen - SoM: School of Management ( email )

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St. Gallen, CH-9000
Switzerland

Gilbert Probst

University of Geneva - Economics and Management Departments ( email )

102 Bd Carl-Vogt
Genève, CH - 1205
Switzerland

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