When does being in a talent pool reap benefits? The moderating role of narcissism


Although talent pools are utilized by human resource development (HRD) practitioners to develop employees for future roles, their effectiveness is not guaranteed as individual differences may not be accounted for. To further understand why some individuals benefit more from talent development programmes than others, this study examines whether the positive effects of being in a talent pool on commitment and extra-role performance are mediated by organization-based self-esteem (OBSE), and to what extent these mediation paths are moderated by narcissism. Using a naturally occurring talent development initiative, 100 employees (N = 50 talent pool, N = 50 non-talent pool) in a UK bank were surveyed. An online questionnaire measured narcissism, OBSE, affective commitment, and extra-role performance. The results of the path analysis showed: a) talent pool employees had higher levels of OBSE, b) OBSE mediated the relationships between talent pool membership and outcomes, and c) narcissism weakened the relationship between talent pool membership and OBSE, such that it reduced the effect of the mediation pathways. Overall the findings suggest the need for differentiated talent strategies in organizations, particularly for those high in narcissism, and provides further avenues to examine the dark triad of personality traits in the field of HRD.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13678868.2020.1840846
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Work & Organisational Psychology
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Human Resource Development International on 1 Nov 2020, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13678868.2020.1840846.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Talent development,commitment,narcissism,organization-based self-esteem,Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
Publication ISSN: 1469-8374
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2024 18:07
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2020 15:46
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2020-11-01
Published Online Date: 2020-11-01
Accepted Date: 2020-10-20
Authors: Kanabar, Janki
Fletcher, Luke (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-7238-3480)



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