In this white paper, we take on one of the most elusive concepts in social science. Potential owes its elusive character to the diversity of academic perspectives on what it is and, by consequence, to the lack of clear-cut answers for practice. At the same time, it has always been a high-stakes concern for managers: how can we predict potential in our workforce?
Despite its long-term impact on the fates of companies and employees alike, this talent development and promotion question has not received the attention it deserves. Especially when you compare it to the resources and tools allocated to the immediate matching for competency and culture which still dominates recruitment today.
Prof. dr. Wouter Van Bockhaven
Wouter Van Bockhaven, PhD, is co-founder and CEO of TalentLogiQs™ and part-time professor of innovation ecosystems and business research methods at Antwerp Management School. His interest lies in developing knowledge and tooling at the nexus of strategy, individual and group behavior, and the sustainable alignment of incentives and perspectives of individuals and organizations.