Theme: The Journey to “Man’s Search for Meaning” – Navigating Talent in a Disruptive World
“Once man’s search for meaning of life is successful, it not only renders him happy but also gives him the capability to cope with suffering” – Viktor Frankl
The importance of talent for any organisation’s long-term viability and competitiveness cannot be emphasised. The ongoing COVID-19 epidemic, the rise of 5G, 4IR and its technologies, unprecedented global conflicts, and economic downturns compel businesses to re-imagine workspaces that can optimise talent in the face of these various upheavals. Unfortunately, the newly adapted “just-in-time” digital and “Covid-survival” work eco-systems, together with the aforementioned factors, pose a threat to individual well-being and existence as the lines between work and personal life blur. Employees are struggling to cope with many expectations, resulting in digital weariness, techno-stress, burnout, and suicidal thoughts. As a result, people are questioning the meaning of their employment and personal life as they seek meaning in an increasingly chaotic society. To maintain our most significant workplace asset: TALENT, the current global “Great Resignation” trend compels us to rethink our approach to talent management and become more people-centric.
This call for papers is intended to solicit insights and viewpoints from researchers, academics, and scholars regarding the role of Industrial and Organisational’s Psychology in tapping into the psychological side of talent and talent management in pursuit of finding meaning in a disruptive world of work. Interested authors are encouraged to submit their conceptual and empirical papers addressing the theme of this special issue.
• Submission open: 1 July 2022
• Deadline for submission: 30 September 2022
• Expected Publication Date: 31 March 2023
1. How can meaning best be conceptualised within the talent and talent management domains?
2. What is the strategic importance of meaningful work for talented individuals and the organisation?
3. What are the enabling and constraining factors contributing to talented individuals’ sense of meaning within their work and personal lives?
4. What are the antecedents and outcomes of meaningful work for talented employees?
5. What personal strategies can talented individuals apply to navigate work and personal meaning in the disruptive world of work?
6. How can organisations create more talent intelligent workspaces and people-centric practices to promote meaningful work?
7. How can talented employees become more boundary intelligent in their work-life integration to sustain meaning across all spheres of their lives?
8. What are different generational needs for meaningful work and life?
Although considerable research has been published on talent management in management and practitioner literature, additional research is needed to comprehend the workplace’s psychological aspects and underpinnings thereof. As industrial and organisational psychologists, we aspire to contribute, respond, enable, and impact psychological meaning and meaningful talent management practice on many workplace levels.
Manuscript contributions may consist of the following:
• Manuscript submissions should be in English.
• Original articles must fully comply with the SAJIP guidelines for manuscripts (abstract and headings style formats: 4000–7000 words, maximum of 60 references with limited self-referencing; and a structured abstract, with a maximum of 250 words).
• Interested authors must consult the journal’s guidelines for manuscript submissions at https://bit.ly/3bhxZ5t
The submission portal will be accessible on sajip.co.za from 1 July 2022 after login with your personal user credentials. When you submit the article, select the “Original Research – Special Collection: Navigating Talent in a Disruptive World” as the article type. For more details on the submission procedures, please visit https://bit.ly/3y5TT4q. All submissions will undergo anonymous review to guarantee high scientific quality and relevance to the subject. Final decision regarding acceptance/revision/rejection will be based on the reviews received from the reviewers and at the sole discretion of the Guest Editor and/or Editor-in-Chief.
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