Publication Details

Wiblen, S. L., Grant, D. & Dery, K. (2012). Linking leadership and talent: a discursive analysis of e-learning in a professional services firm. Fourth International e-HRM conference (pp. 1-18).


This paper draws on discursive analytic techniques to explore the perceived material outcomes of e-learning. Specifically it examines an e-learning portal provided to a particular set of talented individuals within professional services firm based in Australia. To explore the perceived contributions of this example of e-HRM for talent management we consider two different sets of actors; the human resource function and the organisation. Our findings illustrate that the perceived material outcomes of this technology are contested and influenced by the different actors who are involved in the receipt, delivery and management of this e-learning portal. Despite the presence of an agreed dominant discourse, Leadership Online was seen to have material outcomes which centered upon the themes of flexible learning; skills development; demonstrating investment and employer branding.