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
Date Written: September 27, 2013
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
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