Understanding Talent Development and Implications for Human Resource Development: An Integrative Literature Review

Amir Hedayati Mehdiabadi, Jie Li

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As the topic of talent development (TD) gets more popularity in practice of organizations and among human resource development (HRD) professionals, the need for understanding the nature and the scope of TD activities increases. The aim of this article is to help this understanding through an integrative review of literature. As part of this article, the definitions of and the perspectives toward talent-related activities in TD literature have been analyzed and a comprehensive definition for TD is suggested. Moreover, four major themes within TD literature have been identified: (a) issues related to career development, (b) the influence of contextual factors, (c) the relationship between TD and attraction and retention of talents, and (d) issues of diversity in the context of TD. Based on our findings, some of the gaps in the literature are presented. The potential actions that HRD researchers and practitioners can take to address these challenges will be suggested and discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)263-294
Number of pages32
JournalHuman Resource Development Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2016



  • integrative literature review
  • talent
  • talent development
  • talent management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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