The Mismanagement of Talent: Employability and Jobs in the Knowledge Economy

Paperback | December 10, 2004

byPhillip Brown, Anthony Hesketh

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The knowledge economy conjures a world of smart people, in smart jobs, doing smart things, in smart ways, for smart money, a world increasingly open to all rather than a few. Glossy corporate brochures present a future in challenging, exciting and financially rewarding jobs for the winners inthe competition for fast track management appointments. They also convey an image of enlightened employers actively seeking to diversify their talent pool, reflected in their approach to identifying, hiring and retaining outstanding talent. We are told that the challenge confronting governments around the world is to enhance the employability of the workforce. Every effort must be made to expand access to higher education, dismantle barriers to talent regardless of social circumstances, gender, or skin colour, and to harness humancreativity and enterprise to meet the demands of the new economy.The Mismanagement of Talent comes to a different conclusion. Those leaving the world of mass higher education find themselves in a scramble for jobs with rising stakes for the winners and losers. The Mismanagement of Talent examines what determines the outcome of this race when a degree loses itsbadge of distinction. It shows how some graduates are playing 'the game' to win a competitive advantage and what really happens in the selection events of leading-edge employers. It also argues that talent is being mismanaged by employers that have yet to come to terms with the realities andpossibilities of mass higher education. The Mismanagement of Talent will be thought-provoking and controversial reading for those involved in the recruitment of graduates, and those concerned with the way knowledge-based firms recruit and the impact of higher education policy: Professionals working in university careers services, HRM, training, or recruitment generally; Researchers, academics, or students of Business and Management, Human Resource Management, Public Policy, Education, or Sociology; and Job candidates themselves - the 'players' and 'purists' described inthe book.

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The knowledge economy conjures a world of smart people, in smart jobs, doing smart things, in smart ways, for smart money, a world increasingly open to all rather than a few. Glossy corporate brochures present a future in challenging, exciting and financially rewarding jobs for the winners inthe competition for fast track management ap...

Phillip Brown is a Professor in the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. He is author of a number of books, including High Skills: Globalization, Competitiveness, and Skill Formation (OUP 2001). Anthony Hesketh is a Lecturer at Lancaster University Management School.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.59 inPublished:December 10, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199269548

ISBN - 13:9780199269549

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Table of Contents

1. The Promise2. The New Competition3. What Knowledge Economy?4. War for Talent5. The Science of Gut Feelings6. Players and Purists7. Picking Winners8. The Mismanagement of Talent9. The Great Training Robbery

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`This book represents many of the talent-management challenges faced by the next generation of HR directors.'Martin Hird, Director of Talent, Royal Mail