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Considerations of talent management in retention of academics in the National University of Lesotho

Show simple item record Zengeya, Theressa Madzingesu ; Gregory, Alexander and Larey, Desiree Pearl 2022-06-09T09:18:38Z 2022-06-09T09:18:38Z 2021
dc.identifier.isbn 978 - 989 - 54815 - 8 - 3
dc.description.abstract The aim of the study was to examine the contribution of talent management practices at the National University of Lesotho in the retention of talented academics. The university has immense competition within the local, regional and international labour market. It isthreatened by high mobility and low retention of highly qualified staff, which has affected the quality of learning, especially postgraduate programmes. The study employed Bourdieu’s social theory and Adam’s theory of equity as a theoretical lens to understand talent management practices to retain talented academics. Bourdieu’s theory was used to offer insight on the various forms of capital, and how the capitals could be instrumental in the design and implementation of talent management practices in order to increase retention of talent in universities. In this study ‘talent’ is used to refer to holders of doctorates, associate professors and professors or researchers of new information and theories and inventors of new technology with great potential to make a significant impact on the university’s productivity. A literature review was undertaken to examine how the social theory of Bourdieu, particularly the conversion of different kinds of capital (symbolic capital) are used by the university to recognise the value of talented academics in order to retain these academics. Following a qualitative methodology and purposive sampling, data was generated through semi-structured interviews and document analysis to advance a critical and interpretive understanding of the perspectives of talent management from both management and talented academics in the university. Thematic analysis was used to synthesise the data. The data from fourteen (14) participants composed of management and academics revealed that, though the university is implementing talent management practices, it does not have an official and structured talent management program, which is imperative in retaining academics. This study concludes by advocating the design and implementation of a formal, contextual and structured talent management framework, in consultation with all key stakeholders, in order to increase retention of talent academics in the National University of Lesotho en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher inScience Press en_US
dc.subject Equity theory, Bourdieu’s social theory, talent management, talented academics. en_US
dc.title Considerations of talent management in retention of academics in the National University of Lesotho en_US
dc.type Other en_US

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