Talent Management in the Public Sector: A Comparative Study of Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand
Public Management Review, DOI: 10.1080/14719037.2013.816525
31 Pages Posted: 3 Jul 2014
Date Written: July 27, 2013
This article investigates public sector talent management schemes in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. It offers a framework to make such comparisons, which allow for better understanding of the values and contextual factors related to talent management. The three countries are found to have comparable names of talent management schemes. They are such as scholarship schemes, training schemes for high-potential officers, and special pay scale for those identified as a talent. A close look at these schemes reveals that there are also many differences. We identify some key factors that can possibly explain the variations. They are such as: the differing definitions of talent; the structure and scope of authority of the responsible agencies; the level of flexibility of incentive systems; and the differing performance appraisal systems in each country. The three cases illustrate the need for policy-makers to be fully aware of the value they are hoping to enhance for the public service and the governance structures that they are operating in. At the end, the paper offers a spectrum of exclusive and inclusive approaches to talent management that governments can use as guidance.
Keywords: Talent management, leadership training, civil service, war for talent
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