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date: 03 August 2020

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Stars are elite performers who either exhibit exceedingly high quantities of output or produce output not easily substituted by good or even very good workers. Although star performers have always existed, relatively recent changes in the workforce and economy may be leading to a substantial increase in not only their production but also their frequency. As a result, both academics and practitioners are progressively recognizing the importance of stars to individuals, teams, organizations, and even entire industries. The purpose of this chapter is to introduce the theoretical and empirical work surrounding stars, to distill what is known and unknown, and what is fact and what is myth, and to outline the direction of current and future research.

Keywords: star performers, human capital, talent management, cumulative advantage, talent performance

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