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    Managing talent in knowledge-intensive settings


    Whelan, Eoin and Collings, D. and Donnellan, Brian (2010) Managing talent in knowledge-intensive settings. Journal of Knowledge Management, 14 (3). pp. 486-504. ISSN 1367-3270

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    Abstract

    Purpose – This paper seeks to explore the processes and channels through which valuable knowledge from outside the firm reaches those employees who can exploit that knowledge for innovative purposes. It seeks to identify the specific talents exhibited by the key individuals involved in facilitating these important knowledge flows. It also aims to detail the interventions which management can adopt to harness knowledge flow talents. Design/methodology/approach – The methodology used was a single case study of a medical devices R&D group, incorporating social network analysis and semi-structured interviews. Findings – It was found that it is now rare for a single individual to possess all the talents necessary to effectively acquire and disseminate external knowledge. Owing to the prevalence of information and communication technologies, a small number of uniquely skilled individuals specialize in acquiring valuable external knowledge, while an altogether different set of individuals specialize in disseminating that knowledge internally. Originality/value – There is a dearth of literature in the knowledge management field directed towards understanding how the unique talents of those employees who are integral components of knowledge networks can be harnessed. Building on concepts of talent management and the technological gatekeeper, the specific talents exhibited by these individuals are explored. Then some organizational level interventions are pointed up, which can facilitate knowledge-intensive organizations in fully exploiting their resources to maximize innovative capabilities.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: Eoin Whelan, David G. Collings, Brian Donnellan, (2010) "Managing talent in knowledge‐intensive settings", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 14 Issue: 3, pp.486-504, https://doi.org/10.1108/13673271011050175
    Keywords: Knowledge management; Social interaction; Organizations;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
    Item ID: 10817
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1108/13673271011050175
    Depositing User: Prof. Brian Donnellan
    Date Deposited: 24 May 2019 15:40
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Knowledge Management
    Publisher: Emerald
    Refereed: Yes
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