An Optimal Dynamic Program of Talent Attraction and Development

An Optimal Dynamic Program of Talent Attraction and Development

Asma Raies (Umm Al Qura University, Saudi Arabia & University of Sfax, Tunisia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2557-8.ch004


This chapter develops a dynamic model which studies the firm's optimal strategy of talent attraction and development. It shows that the firm should start out with a high talent acquisition rate and low training rate. As more and more high talented workers are hired, the firm becomes more competitive, its profit increases and it begins investing in research and worker training to improve more its productivity. By doing, the firm contributes to the pool of public knowledge. These inter temporal spillovers allow the firm's efficiency to grow in the steady state. This is reached when talent acquisition peters out and the firm settles into a stable situation where its average efficiency grows at a constant rate due to the training activity only. The comparative dynamics and numerical simulations sections show that attracting the most efficient talents, reducing the talent acquisition cost and encouraging researchers and trainers through increasing their wage, improve the firm's average efficiency growth in both short run and long run.
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This chapter combines two existing strands of literature. The first strand focuses on the relationship between talent attraction and firm performance. Talent attraction has been shown to have a positive and significant contribution to the success of global firms (Guthridge, et al., 2008; Lohr, 2010), that the most efficient firms employ more talented workers (Abowd et al., 1999; Haskel, Hawkes, & Pereira, 2005) and attracting talent is a strategic element that is key to firm survival and growth. For example, Haltiwanger, Lane, and Spletzer, (2007) argued that the initial choice of employee skill level is determinist for newly created firms. Thus firms that are more likely to exit the market are those who initially hired a low-talent workforce.

Other researches have focused on the challenges of attracting “star” employees at low wages (Beechler & Woodward, 2009, Guthridge, et al., 2008; Lohr, 2010). It was found that hiring talented workers is not obvious because such workers are scarce and more expensive to hire and satisfy because of increased bargaining power (Coff, 1997, 1999) and carreer expectations that are more challenging to meet (Trank, Rynes, & Bretz, 2002).

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