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22 Dec 2021

Loughborough alumna and staff celebrate double win at British Psychological Society Book Awards

The British Psychological Society (BPS) has awarded alumna Maggi Evans the 2021 Best Book Award in the practitioner category for her book: From Talent Management to Talent Liberation: A Practical Guide for Professionals, Managers and Leaders.

In a double win for the university, the textbook category saw Professor Camilla Gilmore and Professor Matthew Inglis win for their title ‘An Introduction to Mathematical Cognition’. Both Camilla and Matthew are Professors of Mathematical Cognition at Loughborough University’s Mathematics Education Centre.

Setting talent free

Maggi Evans achieved her PhD in Talent and Career Management 2017 and was supervised by Professor John Arnold and Dr Andrew Rothwell, members of the School of Business and Economics Work and Organisation Academic Group.

With minor contributions from John and Andrew, Maggi’s book ‘From Talent Management to Talent Liberation: A Practical Guide for Professionals, Managers and Leaders’ expands on her doctoral research about talent management with a focus on workplace career conversations. This investigates how research can have an impact on human resource management processes. The book hopes to encourage other PhD candidates and reinforce that they can make a difference in the real world with their research.

An experienced organisation development consultant, Maggi blends her academic studies with her professional experience to produce a research-informed practical guide for managers and others in how to utilise and develop the talent available in their workforce.

On hearing of this prestigious award, Maggi Evans said:

“Talent is not scarce, it’s our ability to set it free that is in short supply. This book helps organisations, leaders and individuals to find practical ways to liberate talent through creating organisations where everyone can thrive and do their best work”.

The book hopes to encourage other PhD candidates and reinforce that they can make a difference in the real world with their research.

Maggi’s achievement underlines Loughborough’s considerable research expertise in the Future of Work, not least through the research of the School of Business and Economics’ Work and Organisation Academic Group. In addition to supervising PhD students in this area, the School also offers an MSc in Human Resource Management.

From Talent Management to Talent Liberation

From Talent Management to Talent Liberation presents a thoughtful and practical approach to talent. It provides compelling evidence for the limitations of talent management practice and offers talent liberation as an alternative approach.

Talent Liberation is positioned through five premises that draw on the agile movement to provide a fundamental reappraisal of the talent agenda. These premises are then applied through a range of strategic and tactical tools such as the Talent Compass. By combining academic research, thought leadership, and practical experience, the book is quoted to "stimulate fresh thinking".

Readers will be inspired to take action, using the simple tools to liberate more of the talent in their organisation and their teams. Leaders, HR professionals, and individuals will benefit from the relevant insights shared in the book. Take a look at Maggi's book

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