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Research Methodology

The theoretical construct was supported by a qualitative approach. The purpose of the research is simultaneously descriptive and analytical.

The purpose is descriptive at the first part of the research, where the intention was to obtain and describe the main characteristics of relevant questions, namely through the identification and description of the company’s global talent management strategies.

The adopted methodological processes were selected in order to contribute to achieve the proposed empirical knowledge. In order to respond to the proposed purposes, the methodology was fundamentally qualitative and it is related to the phenomenological paradigm. According to the qualitative characteristics of the required information, the case study is the core methodological instrument of this research. Regarding to the process, this is a qualitative research, based on the perceptions examination. On the other hand, regarding to the purpose, the research is analytical, intending to analyze, explain, and understand different phenomena and finding cause-effect relationships. The case study consists on an extensive review of the phenomenon on a Portuguese multinational company. The reasons behind this choice are as follows: the company’s intern and international market projection and collaboration on University of Minho projects.

Data collection approaches for this qualitative research involved data observation and individual semistructured interviews, including two thirty-minute nondirective exploratory interviews, to the Talent and Leadership Development Coordinator and to the Head of Talent Management and Development, with the intention of present the case study. These were followed by a conference call, directed to a Talent and Leadership Development Specialist, in order to get more information, and followed by an hour semistructured interview to the Head of Talent Management, with the purpose of testing the followed model and to better understand the way how the company attracts, selects, promotes, and retains high potential workers. The semistructured interview script was based on the script adopted by Sparrow et al. [17]. The questions focused on global talent management practices, policies, and strategies; business context and talent strategy; and on the core functions of the Talent Management and Leadership Development area. This was followed by data qualitative analyses.

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