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Mohamed Mousa, Hiba K. Massoud, Rami M. Ayoubi & Ghulam Murtaza (2022) Why Him Not ME? Inclusive/Exclusive Talent Identification in Academic Public Context, International Journal of Public Administration, 45:10, 747-759, DOI: 10.1080/01900692.2021.1887217

Why him not me? : inclusive/exclusive talent identification in academic public context

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Author: Mousa, Mohamed1; Massoud, Hiba K.2; Ayoubi, Rami M.3;
Organizations: 1Deapartment of Management, WSB University, Dabrowa Gornicza, Poland
2Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, UK
3Coventry University, Coventry, UK
4Kedge Business School, Marseille, France
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2022
Publish Date: 2023-10-13


We investigated the relevance of introducing talent identification/classifications among Egyptian public business schools, as perceived by academics, and the expected outcomes of such proposed classification system. We employed thematic analysis of data collected from interviews with 49 academics from three large business schools. Our findings revealed the following themes: no clear systems for talent management; being talent means going the extra mile in research; talent identification/classification system is irrelevant due to: academic corruption; age and religious discrimination; the unique nature of higher education work; and the fears of enforcing clashes, inequality and exclusion. We confirmed that any attempt to constitute talent classifications in the Egyptian higher education does not appear to be a prioritized need for the sector. Nevertheless, we did assert the need to manage motivational, structural, consequential and social responsibility boundaries before the need for constituting any system for talent identification and classifications.

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Series: International journal of public administration
ISSN: 0190-0692
ISSN-E: 1532-4265
ISSN-L: 0190-0692
Volume: 45
Issue: 10
Pages: 747 - 759
DOI: 10.1080/01900692.2021.1887217
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
Copyright information: © 2021 The Author(s). Published with license by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.