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Following up on our discussion on the opportunities and challenges arising from digitalisation in talent management at our talent management day at ESCP Europe in Berlin, we would like to invite all of you to participate in a short survey. The online survey is in German and takes less than 5 minutes. If you are interested in the results, there is the possibility to leave an e-mail in order to receive the evaluation of the survey.

Online survey follow this link.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us:


The fourth Talent Management Day on ““talent management and digitalisation – opportunities and challenges” took place on March 28, 2017 at the ESCP Europe in Berlin. The Talent Management Institute, the ESCP Europe Berlin and the DGFP (German Association for People Management) hosted this event and more than 70 practitioners, alumni and academics participated.

Find a comprehensive summary of the event as well as further related news in our talent management specific newsletter (in German).

For pictures, please visit our facebook gallery.

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The next Talent Management Day will take place on September 19, 2017 and together with Felicitas von Kyaw (VP Human Resources BA Customers & Solutions, Vattenfall) and Dr. Alexander Schmid-Lossberg (Head of Corporate Human Resources, Axel Springer), we will discuss the topic agility and talent management and how does talent management contribute and help towards making an organisation more agile? Further information will follow in the summer. For more infomation. Please contact Lynn Schäfer:


The Talent Management Institute at ESCP Europe, Ernst & Young (EY) and AVS – International Trusted Advisors have published a study on “External managers in family businesses. Recruiting and retaining top managers from outside the family”.

The study shows that where business, family and ownership are united, there is a special “family business spirit” which creates particular challenges but also opportunities in TM. The cultural fit between the family and the external manager is crucial for a successful and long-term relationship.


You can download the study using the following links: German version (Studie zu Fremdmanagern in Familienunternehmen), English version (external managers in family businesses) and French version (le manager extérieur dans l’entreprise familiale)

EY Studie


Talent management, digitalisation

The Talent Management Institute, the ESCP Europe Berlin and the DGFP (German Association for People Management) invite to an evening plenary discussion on “talent management and digitalisation – opportunities and challenges” on March 28, 2017 in Berlin. The event will be in German. For further information, please click on the link to see the invitation here.


Last year, researchers from the institute and the ESCP Europe Berlin and Paris campus conducted a joint project with Bombardier Transpotation, trying to measure the success of talent management, analyzing a talent development program of Bombardier. In detail, the project aimed at investigating the effect of Bombardiers Graduate Talent Management Program on Internal Network Building, Career Success, Affective Organizational Commitment and finally Talent Retention. The statistical analysis of the answers to a survey revealed that participation in the Graduate Program did lead to a better internal network, a better career success, a stronger commitment and a greater intention to stay. For the control group (employees who did not participate to the program), the link between talent management practices, the building of an internal network, objective career success and intention to stay could not be established. This study showed the effectiveness of talent management programs on employee retention.

To access a short overview of the research, please click here.

For further questions, please contact the research team:

Domitille Bonneton (
Stephanie Schworm (
Marion Festing (
Maral Muratbekova (


The study “Students’ and employers’ perception of soft skills”, conducted by Prof. Chiara Succi, Campus Representative of the Talent Management Institute in Turin and Dr. Michaela Wieandt, Affiliated Researcher from October 2015 until February 2016, reveals interesting insights about the importance of soft skills for employers and students. While their importance in companies grew during the last ten years, students tend to underestimate their relevance for the work place.

An executive summary of the main findings of the study can be found here.

The respective press release from December 13, 2016 (in German) can be found here.

Another German article on “Soft Skills als Qualifikation für die digitale Arbeitswelt” at the Haufe Website, refering to the study on soft skills from December 15, 2016 can be found here.


InvitationOn November 24, 2016, the talent management institute hosted its first event at the ESCP Europe Turin Campus in Italy. The topic of the event was Lead the way – Talent Management Key Challenges in a Global Market” and organised by our local Campus Representative Associate Professor Chiara Succi. HR and talent management practitioners joined Professor Marion Festing, Academic Director of the institute in Berlin and Chiara Succi to discuss trends and challenges, as well as learn about our current research projects on soft skills and how to measure the success of talent management programmes during that day.

For a detailed overview of the agenda, please use this link.



The Talent Management Institute, ESCP Europe Berlin and DGFP (German Association for People Management) hosted the 3rd Talent Management Day. In the afternoon we had great keynote speeches on different aspects of the the topic “How to measure the success of Talent Management?”  followed by an evening panel discussion with Igor Ramet (Shell), Nadja Peters (McKinsey) and Claudia Fischer (Bombardier).

For a comprehensive overview (in German), please click here

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For the graphic recording, please click here


On November 10, 2016, our second event at the Paris ESCP Europe Campus took place. Hosted by the talent management institute and Paris Campus Representative Professor Maral Muratbekova-Touron, the topic of the event was “How to measure success in Talent Management?”

Presentations during the event in Paris included:

  • Géraldine Segond, Partner and Deputy Talent Leader at Deloitte France presented the innovative performance management system implemented at Deloitte
  • Florian Fleischmann, Managing Director of HRForecast, a company aiming at proposing solutions to strategic workforce and business planning through Big Data technologies and innovative HR analytics presented findings of several HR and TM studies
  • Christine Gourrion Memlouk, in charge of Executives Development Management described the talent management structure at Société Générale
  • Domitille Bonneton and Stephanie Schworm, PhD candidates at ESCP Europe presented a joint study conducted with Bombardier.

Overall, more than 50 HR and TM experts joined our event. Special thanks goes to the Société Générale Chair who sponsored the event. A detailed summary of speakers and presentations can be found here.

Event Paris




The Talent Management Institute participated in the innovation workshop talent management with the topic “Von Talent Management zu People Intelligence – Wo geht die Reise hin?” organised by Kienbaum on November 7, 2016 at the bauhaus museum in Berlin. Professor Marion Festing, the Academic Director of the institute presented our research on talent management and inclusion to the participants.

The invitation of the event can be found here.

UPCOMING: How to measure the success of TM?


The Talent Management Institute, ESCP Europe Berlin and DGFP (German Association for People Management) host the 3rd Talent Management Day with an evening panel discussion on “How to measure the success of Talent Management?” on 3 November 2016 in Berlin. The event will be in German. For further information, please click on the link to see the invitation here.


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The Talent Management Institute participated again in the talent management workshops organised by the EIASM. The 5th workshop on talent management, hosted by Hugh Scullion, David Collings and Vlad Vaiman – three of our advisory board members –  took place in Copenhagen, Denmark from October 3-4 at the Copenhagen Business School. To view the invitation, please use this link.

Our Affiliate Researcher Katharina Harsch and Prof. Marion Festing, Academic Director of the institute presented and discussed their research on “Different types of organizations require different talent management practices – an empirical investigation of strategic talent management in Germany”.

Katharina: “Attending the annual Workshop on Talent Management organised by EIASM was again an exciting experience, as it has been for the last years. The event provides a great forum for an academic exchange on the rapidly growing research field of talent management.”

We are already looking forward to submitting our research to the next talent management workshop, which will take place on October 2-3, 2017 in Barcelona. To view the invitation, please click here.

EVENT: Germany needs International Talent

What can companies and policymakers do to retain talents and make Germany more attractive for international professionals? This question is the focus of impulse speeches and dialogues at the joint event of ESCP Europe, Hertie School of Governance and ESMT Berlin.

When: 20th of September 2016, from 6.30 pm to 9.00 pm

Where: Hertie School of Governance – Friedrichstraße 180, 10117 Berlin

For further Information and to register for the event please klick here



The Talent Management Institute, the ESCP Europe Berlin and Haufe Akademie hosted the 2nd Talent Management Day with an exclusive afternoon roundtable and an evening plenary discussion on “How to retain talent nowadays? New forms or organizations, ways of working and strategies for talent retention”.

For a comprehensive overview (in German), please click here

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For the graphic recording, please click here


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An article on the study „Smart Workforce”, published in the German trade journal “Wirtschaft und Weiterbildung”, includes an interesting interview with Marion Festing, Academic Director of the Talent Management Institute, on the subject of agile professional worlds.

Article (only in German)


The second Talent Management Day on “How to retain talent nowadays? New forms of organizations, ways of working and strategies for talent retention” hosted by ESCP Europe Berlin and Haufe Akademie took place on April 28, 2016 at ESCP Europe Berlin Campus. The exchange during the expert round table and the evening panel discussion provided interesting insights into current best practices and state of research.

Find a comprehensive summary of the event as well as further related news in our talent management specific newsletter (in German).

For pictures, please visit our facebook gallery.

Click here to see the above graphic in high resolution.


The German study “Smart Workforce – Arbeitswelten der Zukunft” by Haufe Akademie and ESCP Europe Berlin shows many companies have started to enhance their organizational agility. Still, some work remains to be done; here in particular, opportunities given to a workforce to shape its company’s wider organizational scope, their participation in decision making and, on an individual level, a greater choice in the career path and flexible working-hour models.

German Press Release

Management Summary (only in German)

Study (full version, only in German)

INVITATION: Talent Management Day, April 28

The Talent Management Institute, the ESCP Europe Berlin and Haufe Akademie host the 2nd Talent Management Day with an evening plenary discussion on “How to retain talent nowadays? New forms or organizations, ways of working and strategies for talent retention” on April 28, 2016 in Berlin. The event will be in German. For further information, please click on the link to see the invitation here.



German short article from Dr. Lynn Schäfer and Dr. Michaela Wieandt from the Talent Management Institute on “International Recruiting” and ways for German companies to internationalise their recruitment efforts (e.g. international campus recruiting and international talent relationship management). Article was published in Personal im Fokus (, Issue 1/2016, pages 14-16.

Download article here.

For an extended version of the article of the two authors, please see this file.


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On November 17, more than 50 participants joined the first event of the Talent Management Institute, which was hosted together with the chair organisation leadership et société at ESCP Europe Paris from the Société Générale. Under the headline: “Talent Management – une seule approche?“, Maral Muratbekova, Paris campus representative of the TMI and Associate Professor in the management department, together with four company representatives of SG, Bouygues Construction, Mazars and BPI group discussed the peculiarities of managing talent in France in their different companies.

Hélène Crinquant, Head of Talent management department of Société Générale described a sequential selection process inscribed in a worldwide approach and highly supported by the general management of this French multinational banking and financial services company headquartered in Paris. The aim of the company’s talent management programme is to build a three-segment pool of strategic talents to develop future leaders.

Jean-Francois Garrigues, Director of Talent Development explained the principles of talent development at Bouygues Construction. The identification and development of talents follow the logic of global and shared approach and aims at bringing out the leaders of tomorrow. Talent management requires an organised monitoring around a few common tools such as 9-box talent tracker, people and talent review, annual performance interview, and succession planning among others.

Caroline Haquet, Head of Partner Development at Mazars firm emphasized the particularities of the industry of professional service firms. Due to the specificity of talent-intensive context, this company considers retention as secondary. Their primary concern is to attract talents and assure their employability using “progress and learn” approach.

Thierry Majorel, innovation and digital culture manager from BPI group, a global management and human resources consulting firm with headquarters in Paris, gave a broader view of talent management, based on his professional experiences. According to him, talents must meet challenges of organisational changes in the spirit of co-opetition (cooperative competition). They have to accompany the emergence of a new relationship with the work taking into account flexibility and development of intrapreneurship.

The discussion of different approaches used by these companies to talent management (exclusive in case of Société Générale and Bouygues Construction and rather inclusive at Mazars) was rich. Participants asked numerous questions regarding how these companies define talents, what are their challenges, what are the advantages of TM, how do they deal with diversity issues, how do they see the role of HR managers, etc. The industry, size, diversity issues play an important role in designing TM programmes. However, there were some common characteristics that all participants agreed upon: Talents should embody organisational values; HR managers play a key role in TM.



Is there a future with or without HR? The participants of our TalentSUMMIT on November 5th and 6th agreed on this: HR will still be important for companies in the future, even though tasks and roles will look completely different. HR people and talent manager have to proactively accompany and govern companies’ digital transformation. They are in charge of creating frameworks and opportunities to exchange and network among employees, talents, and top managers. Rather, HR manager of the future have to understand themselves as transformators and platform builders.

For a comprehensive overview of the TalentSUMMIT ( in German) see:

‪#‎talentsummit‬ – storify with all tweets:

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Have a look at the graphic recording of the event:


The Talent Management Institute and the Chaire Organisation Leadership et Société host it’s fist event in France on Tuesday, November 17 at the ESCP Europe Paris Campus, 19 avenue de la République, 75011 Paris. The event will be in French.

Please find the detailed description and invitation (in French) below:ESCP Europe and Societe Generale

Le Talent Management Institute de ESCP Europe et la chaire Société Générale-ESCP Europe “Organisation, Leadership et Société” ont le plaisir de vous inviter à la table ronde

Talent Management – une seule approche?

La gestion des talents prend une importance stratégique dans les entreprises;  non seulement pour les Directeurs RH mais aussi pour les membres du Comité Exécutif. Comment une entreprise peut-elle réussir à attirer, développer et retenir les talents? Doit-on avoir une  approche globale, spécifique ou individuelle de la gestion des talents ? Quelle est la méthode la plus efficace?

Nous aborderons lors de cet évènement les différentes approches de la gestion des talents

Mardi 17 novembre 2015
18h30 – 20h00

Suivie d’un cocktail

ESCP Europe, salle Europe – 79 avenue de la République, 75011 Paris

Marion and Maral

Marion Festing & Maral Muratbekova-Touron

Marion Festing, directrice académique du Talent Management Institute (TMI) et Maral Muratbekova-Touron, représentante TMI du Campus ESCP Europe de Paris,  animeront  cette soirée où témoigneront:

Hélène Crinquant, Responsable du département Talent Management, Société Générale

Jean-François Garrigues, Directeur du Développement des Talents, Bouygues Construction

Caroline Haquet, Head of Partner Development, Mazars

Thierry Majorel, Responsable innovation et culture digitale, BPI group

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Le programme complet vous sera communiqué ultérieurement


Einladung_GrafikESCP Europe’s TalentSUMMIT on November 5-6 unites talent management and HR professionals from large corporations, medium-sized companies and start-ups, as well as political consultants, international professors and students for a two-day symposium.

To kick off the TalentSUMMIT, we offer a series of high-caliber keynote speeches and internationally renowned speakers, which feature themes such as new ways of working, talent attraction and retention innovations. On the second day, the participants are invited to develop practical, innovative talent management concepts themselves, together with ESCP Europe students during an interactive design thinking workshop.

Time: Thursday, November 5 and Friday, November 6
Location: ESCP Europe Berlin, Heubnerweg 8-10, 14059 Berlin

The invitation, the program and more information about speakers and presentations can be found here. Please note that the event is in German.

Registration: You can register until October 25 using this link:

For further questions about the event, please send us an e-mail to:


German study: “Smart Workforce – Future Working Environment” – Please support our research and fill out our questionnaire

How should our future working environment look like? In our current research project together with the Haufe Group, we examine how the working environment of German companies looks like with regard to the organisational culture and structure, and how it may change in the future. Furthermore, we want to research and in vestigate the role of employees in organisations, today and in future.

For this purpose we survey managers and employees from the human resources department from German companies with a minimum of 50 employees.

Do you belong to the target group? Then, please support our research and fill out our questionnaire.

Click here to start the questionnaire

Answering the online questionnaire will take approximately 30 minutes; you can interrupt and save your results temporarily.

Your benefit: Your individual analysis

When you fill out our questionnaire, based on your answers, you will get an analysis that is tailored to your company’s requirements. In addition, we will send you the overall results of the study, should you be interested in our research.

Our thank-you for your participation

To say thank you, all participants can take part in a lottery. We raffle the following prices:

  • 1 workshop of the Haufe Academy „organisational design and the role of employees – today and in the future“ (5,000 €)
  • 2 vouchers of Jochen Schweizer GmbH (each worth 400€)
  • 4 copies of the new publication: “Employer Reputation – Das Konzept Arbeitgebermarke neu denken“ by Torsten Bittlingmaier and Bernhard Schelenz (each worth 44.95€)

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Katharina Harsch (

Thank you very much for your support and good luck for your future!

Kind regards

Marion Festing
ESCP Europe Wirtschaftshochschule Berlin
Academic Director of Talent Management Institute
Chair of Human Resource Management & Intercultural Leadership

Christian Severin
Haufe Akademie
Head of Competence Center Talent Management


German short article: „Hidden Talents in virtuellen Organisationen – Wie Sie von ihrer virtuellen Organisation profitieren, um die besten Talente zu finden“ in Fokus Personalentwicklung, pages 20-21, published September 2015.



Academy of Management, Opening Governance, VancouverFrom August 7-11 our team of the TMI from ESCP Europe has attended the 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AoM) in Vancouver. “Opening Governance” was the program theme of the biggest academic management conference with more than 10,000 participants. Speakers of international range and well known in the TM field such as David Collings (Dublin City University; Advisory Board of the TMI), Paul Sparrow (Lancaster University), Wayne Cascio (University of Colorado Denver), John Boudreau (Center for Effective Organizations), Jonathan Doh (Villanova University), and Patrick M. Wright (University of South Carolina) were present. Our academic director of the TMI Marion Festing was co-hosting a presenter symposium together with Lena Knappert (Ozyegin University Istanbul) on “Opening Organizations: Managing Diversity and Inclusion through HRM”.

There are a couple of major topics on the research agenda of TM scholars we could see emerging:

  • global talent management and insights from emerging countries (e.g. China, India),
  • diversity and inclusion aspects in talent management (addressing aspects of fairness, equity theory, managing untapped potential),
  • value creation in talent management and aspects of sustainability and long-term orientation
  • and TM metrics and ways to control and measure TM.

For more information concerning the symposium, please contact the TMI team; for general information regarding the AoM, have a look at their website.

SAVE THE DATE: TalentSUMMIT, November 5-6

The Talent Management Institute hosts a 2-day conference in Berlin, November 5-6, 2015. The topic is “Next Generation Talent Management?!” and practitioners from big MNEs, start-ups, academics and political consultants will share their insights with us. The second day will be much more interactive, including a design thinking workshop together with students from ESCP Europe Berlin.

For further information, please see the Save the Date (German) or contact


Forthcoming Talent Management Institute events are as follows:

  • The Fourth EIASM Workshop on Talent Management, September 24–25, 2015, at the University of Valencia in Spain
  • The Talent Management Institute hosts its first TalentSUMMIT from November 5-6, 2015 in Berlin – for further information, please contact our TMI members
  • For further events at ESCP Europe Berlin, please visit our event calendar


German guest article from Prof. Dr. Marion Festing, Dean ESCP Europe Berlin and Academic Director Talent Management Institute on how talent management programs often – unintentionally and unconsciously –  slow down and discriminate women. Title “Wenn Frauen-Förderprogramme Frauen ausbremsen – Gastbeitrag von Marion Festing”, WiWo Management-Blog


Graphic Recording Thementag Talent ManagementAfter the successfull first event from the Talent Management Institute with more than 100 participants on May 5, 2015 at ESCP Europe Berlin Campus, you can find pictures, impressions and statements in our talent management specific newsletter.


The Talent Management Institute and ESCP Europe Berlin host a Talent Management Day with an evening plenary discussion on “talent management – one size fits all?” on May 5, 2015 in Berlin. For further information, please download the invitation here.


German publication: “Think talent — think male? Eine genderspezische Analyse von Talent Management” in PERSONALQuarterly, 2/2015, pages 34–39, published March 17, 2015.




ESCP Europe Berlin hosted the third annual EIASM Workshop on Talent Management — October 13-14, 2014.

More than 40 participants representing leading scholars and early-stage researchers from 16 different countries took part in the workshop and discussed their research across four sesions during the two-day seminar. Topics at this year’s event varied from many empirical insights into talent management in
different contexts (e.g. talent management in MNEs, the public sector, family businesses, NGOs) to considering different target groups (such as women, expatriates and millennials). In addition
to these academic discussions, a keynote speech from Oliver Viel (an independent consultant) provided a valuable insight into a company’s talent attraction and employer branding activities. Breaks between the sessions, and the workshop dinner, provided various possibilities for informal academic discussions
and networking with other participants.

The fourth EIASM Workshop on Talent Management will take place on September 24-25, 2015 at the University of Valencia in Spain.

For further information on this event, here.