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date: 19 August 2019

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The chapter provides an overview of talent development in organizations, including why it is important, whom to invest in materially, and how to identify best practices in the field. We first review literature on talent development in young people. Then elaborate on how nature in the form of emergenic traits and nurture regarding epigenetic experiences interact to shape development. This perspective is applied in understanding focal issues on building organizational capability through talent. State-of-the-art talent development focuses on developing collective capability through the creation of systems, processes, practices, and culture required to achieve strategic objectives sustainably. Talented individuals are integral architects of these types of collective phenomena, responsible for executing, stewarding, and improving them. A comprehensive approach to building organizational capability does not rely on any one—or a few—extraordinarily talented people. It involves development of broad-based organizational capacity for leadership.

Keywords: talent, talent development, talent management, leadership development, exceptional performance, emergenic traits, epigenetic programs, person-in-job perspective, developmental practices, organizational capability

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