Researcher wants to talk to people who are being fastracked

Issue date: 15 February 2010

University of the West of England A researcher from the University of the West of England is interested in meeting with people who are currently being 'fast tracked' at work for a project that is focusing on talent management in organisations.

Talent management has long been practiced in organisations keen to attract people with certain skill sets. But how do organisations single out the people, how do they segment the talented, what are the mechanics used to identify those who are fast tracked and how is talent defined? Also how does it feel to be fast tracked, is the pressure difficult to handle, what effect does it have on relationships with colleagues?

Dr Nick Wylie from UWE's Bristol Business School wants to meet with people who have been identified as talented to find out how it feels to be fast tracked. He explains, “There are two dimensions to my project. One part is the identification of talent within an organisation. I will be talking to a range of businesses to find out how fast tracking is organised and what are the main challenges in developing a 'talent pool'.

“But I'm also very keen to talk to people who are currently on a fast track – maybe you are on a leadership programme or perhaps you have been singled out for a specific job role?

“The project will not need participants to give up too much of their time – as a qualitative study I hope to interview around 20 people and also invite those who wish to take part to a workshop later in the year. Also, the research is entirely confidential meaning that anyone interviewed as well as their organisation will be anonymised.”

Talent Management in organisations is funded by UWE's Early Career Researcher Grant Scheme. The work responds to a void in understanding about the experience of fast tracking and will present organisations with a valuable pointer that will inform important HR decisions. The project results will be widely published and a seminar held in the autumn.

If you are interested in taking part in Dr Wylie's project please e-mail

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