International perspectives on the profile of highly talented international business professionals.

Petra van Heugten, Marjolein Heijne-Penninga, Patricia Robbe, Debbie Jaarsma, Marca Wolfensberger

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There is a global demand for talented managers and leaders. To meet this demand, higher education institutions are developing talent programs. However, international perception of talent is diffuse. In this study, our profile of highly talented international business professionals was internationally validated by 172 participants, representing East Asia and Western Europe. Results indicate consensus on three domains: communicating, achieving results, and seeing patterns and interrelationships in a global context. Strikingly, diverse country-specific interpretations of the accompanying behaviors were observed. The findings contribute to the talent literature and offer insights for educational practitioners when developing competence frameworks for talent or professionalization programs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-331
JournalJournal of education for business
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2017


  • talent development


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