Emerging economies and talent management: core challenges facing key actors in strategy translation

Maria Teresa Beamond, Elaine Farndale, Charmine Hartel

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An important component of globalization over the past two decades has been emerging economies’ rapid integration into the world economy. Consequently, multinational enterprises (MNEs) have faced substantial talent management challenges to attract and retain high-performing employees. We address here the question of how MNEs have tackled these challenges by focusing on Latin America as an example of a region undergoing rapid economic development during the mining industry boom. Based on a case study of one MNE, interview data were collected in Peru, Chile and Argentina at a time of substantial skill shortages in the region. By analyzing the organizational structure of the MNE and its translation of talent management strategies from corporate to subsidiary levels, we explain who the key actors are in the process of translation and identify five key talent management challenges that foreign-owned MNEs face when operating in Latin America.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBusiness Practices, Growth and Economic Policy in Emerging Markets
EditorsLuis Camacho, Satyendra Singh
Place of PublicationSingapore Singapore
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9789811221750, 9789811221767
ISBN (Print)9789811221743
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameWSPC Series in Business and Emerging Markets
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing


  • emerging economies
  • talent management
  • Latin America
  • strategy translation
  • foreign-owned companies
  • organizational structure
  • mining industry

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