1 Institut for Ledelse og Virksomhedsstrategi, Faculty of Business and Social Sciences, SDU2 Institut for Ledelse og Virksomhedsstrategi, Faculty of Business and Social Sciences, SDU
Throughout centuries the term “talent” has changed semantically and slowly transformed itself into a floating signifier. Today, the term “talent” has no meaning and not even a “referent” in real life, but instead only a multiplicity of meaning and references to something indefinite and indefinable. And since the term “talent” in late modernity has become a more popular term among laymen and consultants than before and within science of human resource management a cornerstone in the discipline of “talent management”, the need for a universal definition has become a necessity. Because not being able to objectively define “talent”, with a reference to a “referent” in real life, will – with time - legitimize the term talent as a floating signifier in both business life and science and turn any talent discussion, talent identification and talent recruiting into a question of subjectivity and beliefe rather than objectivity and knowledge.