Talent orchestration and boomerang talent: seasonally employed chefs’ evaluation of talent management practices

Solon Magrizos, Dorothea Roumpi, Ioannis Rizomyliotis

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Purpose: The aim of this study is to shed light on the talent management practices in the unique context of seasonal work in professional kitchens. Acknowledging that in the context of seasonal work in the hospitality industry it is rather difficult to rely on mainstream strategic talent management practices (e.g. training and development), the authors draw on resource orchestration, an extension of the resource-based view and propose a conceptual model of talent management tactics that could potentially increase seasonal employees’ likelihood of returning to the same employer. Design/methodology/approach: Given the uniqueness of the context of this study and the dearth of prior relevant research, this study uses a grounded theory approach. Specifically, this study analyses and draws conclusions from 25 interviews with employees in commercial kitchens. Findings: This study develops a “talent orchestration model”, which places emphasis on management of talented employees across three dimensions: structuring, leveraging and developing talent. Research limitations/implications: Extant literature in human capital management focusses mostly on the development of human capital, but the results place more emphasis on using or leveraging human capital. Originality/value: This study moves beyond the well-researched context of hotels and focusses on talent management behind closed doors as in the case of kitchen chefs and, drawing on resource orchestration, this study further examines talent management practices with shorter time frame targeted on seasonal employees.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2755-2772
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jul 17 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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