Our latest research shows that implementing and sustaining integrated talent management practices are significant challenges for many organizations. ASTD's partner on this research was the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp).

Growing interest in managing talent effectively coupled with business mandates to leverage available resources and align both to organizational goals mean the findings of this study have real-world practicality for business leaders and workplace learning professionals. The report, Learning's Critical Role in Integrated Talent Management, is based on responses from 1,690 business and learning professionals and includes interviews and case studies of organizations using integrated talent management effectively.

Key findings from the research include:
• High performing organizations tend to integrate talent management components more than low performing organizations.
• Learning executives play critical roles in major integrated talent management components.
• Many of the most effective integrated talent management practices are not widely used.
• Impediments to effective integrated talent management efforts include conflicting priorities, limited resources, non-supportive corporate cultures, incompatible organizational processes, and senior leaders who undervalue integrated talent management.

Learning's Critical Role in Integrated Talent Management identifies several strategies for effective talent management like:
• Use tools such as employee surveys and discussions to gain insights into organizational culture. Focus on aspects of the culture that most affect talent programs and take action.
• Schedule regular reviews of organizational processes and policies that affect talent management to ensure responsiveness and support for integration efforts.

A free copy of the executive summary of the research is available. The full report can be purchased on the ASTD Store.