Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Entrepreneurship and Talent Management from a Global Perspective

The enticingly-titled Entrepreneurship and Talent Management from a Global Perspective: Global Returnees is a new book in the Edward Elgar New Horizons in Management series. Edited by Huiyao Wang (President, Center for China and Globalization, Beijing) and Yipeng Liu (Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, UK), it spans 300 pages and 12 chapters -- mainly multi-authored -- on various aspects of the management of creative talent.  

According to the publishers' web-blurb:
"Talent has become the most important resource for organizations across a wide range of sectors throughout the world including business, non-profit, and government. These organizations are now engaged in an increasingly fierce competition to acquire the best talent as they seek to gain the upper hand in today’s fast changing environment. By combining the body of knowledge on entrepreneurship and talent management from a global perspective, this book provides a synthesized understanding of entrepreneurial mobility and talent management in the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem.

The expert contributors combine empirical evidence and case studies to provide a nuanced understanding of global talent management from an international comparative perspective. The topics discussed include China’s return migration and its impact on Chinese development, local engagement and transformation of Chinese communities in England, and reverse migration from the US to China. Furthermore, from a comparative perspective, contributors examine global talent and entrepreneurial mobility in the contexts of Silicon Valley, European university spin-off practices and entrepreneurial ecosystems in France, Italy, and South Korea, respectively".
Given the massive impact of Chinese innovation and patent-filing in so many areas (see for example the China data in earlier blogposts on aquaculture, wearable technology, brewing, and cybertechnology), as well as the increasing need of innovative companies to manage the creation, protection and commercial exploitation of trade secrets (discussed by Donal O'Connell here), this is clearly a book of topical interest and importance.  

The contributors are mainly what might be described as business-facing academics and the text is anything but academic: the chapters are unencumbered by scholastic footnotes and contain a wealth of relevant data, practical points and sensible discussion. Patents, licensing and university spin-offs are addressed, as are a number of other IP issues. While this is not a textbook for businesses, it's a good read for anyone in business who has to strategise talent management, whether their horizons face East or West.

Publication details for this book can be accessed here.

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