Universities as talent pipeline for organizations

Principal researchers

Judene Pretti, David Drewery, Rocco Fondacaro, Lukasz Golab


Organizations face a number of ‘talent’-related challenges such as an aging and retiring workforce and increased globalization. Definitions of talent are changing to address these challenges, as are the practices used to manage talent (e.g., recruit it, develop it and retain it). An emergent body of literature suggests that experiential and work-integrated education provided by post-secondary institutions can support organizations’ talent management practices. The purpose of this study is twofold. First, it seeks to map the relationships between organizations’ talent challenges, definitions of talent and talent management practices. Second, it aims to understand the ways in which organizations think about and use experiential and work-integrated education to overcome talent challenges. Interview data collected from talent managers (e.g., recruiters) reveals how organizations think about talent and go about managing it. Survey data collected in late 2017 are being analyzed and will tell us more about how the dynamics of talent management differ between organizations.

Note: Funding for this study is provided by the Ontario Human Capital Research and Innovation Fund (OHCRIF), 2016-2017 and 2017-18.