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Talent Management Study

Best Practice in Talent Management

For some Talent Management is a highly present, controversial and emotional topic. For others Talent Management is just another overrated "buzz word". And then again others just bury their head in the sand hoping that it won't all be as bad after all. Many talk about Talent Management but do they all really mean the same thing? In the end it's all about human resources risk management: how do organisations prepare themselves for demographic changes, shortage of potential successors, growing independence of knowledge carriers or increasing cost pressures.

The "Talent Management Index®“ is an international research study between the University of Innsbruck and the Transformation Management AG. With this study we want to explore the reality and diversity of Talent Management. Our focus lies in finding out what successful Talent Management really is. Our goal is to respond to a question asked by the Head of HR of a large German enterprise: "...does it really pay off?". This question only arises when you already believe that the wrong things are being done. 

Two target groups are of interest to us: firstly the stock market listed organisations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Of these over 80% have taken part in our study; among them for example the major players Credit Suisse AG, Deutsche Telekom AG, Deutsche Lufthansa AG, OMV AG, RWE AG, SAP AG, Strabag AG or Wienerberger AG etc. In addition, we have included further commercial enterprises, the so-called "Hidden Champions".

But only focusing on Talent Management from the perspective of commercial organisations may exclude other very interesting approaches. Consequential we are also focusing on a second target group. This includes educational institutions, non-profit organisations, sports and cultural associations. Results have shown their specific challenges and significant learning potential for business.  

We concentrate on the analysis of strategic alignment, economic and organisational challenges, concrete measures, impact and last but not least the future perspectives of Talent Management.

These organisations have taken part in our study so far:


The Talent Management Index®

The basis of the Talent Management Index® is the concept of Organizational Maturity – along the maturity levels of organisations. The model assumes that professionally managed organisations go through consciously created development levels in order to cope with external and internal challenges.


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Talent Management Index®: Distribution of Maturity Levels in various countries: