Title: Talent pool membership in sport organisations with fuzzy analytic hierarchy process

Authors: Neda Kiani Mavi; Reza Kiani Mavi

Addresses: Faculty of Management and Accounting, Department of Physical Education and Sport Science, Qazvin Branch, Islamic Azad University (IAU), Nokhbegan Street, Qazvin, 34185-1416, Iran ' Faculty of Management and Accounting, Department of Industrial Management, Qazvin Branch, Islamic Azad University (IAU), Nokhbegan Street, Qazvin, 34185-1416, Iran

Abstract: The ability to attract and retain talent is rapidly becoming one of the key issues for human resource managers and their organisations across the globe. For organisations across the globe, talent management of knowledge workers and managers is of strategic importance. A growing number of organisations are recognising that they must find ways to recruit and retain new talent who will stick around long enough to make their tenure worth underwriting. Sport organisations are not exception from the case. This paper presents a fuzzy analytic hierarchy process (FAHP) for scouting and evaluation of young sport talents. Fuzzy logic is implemented in order to make the results more acceptable. Based on the knowledge of several sport experts, various attributes for membership in talent pool are ranked. Four main criteria in this paper are knowledge and experience, drive and energy, pride and responsibility and ability to deliver results. Findings show that knowledge and experience is the most important element for talent pool membership. Finally, a linear function developed that can illustrate the suitability of candidates for talent pool membership.

Keywords: talent management; talent pool; fuzzy AHP; analytical hierarchy process; FAHP; talent ranking; human resource management; HRM; talent recruitment; talent retention; sports organisations; sport management; young talent; sporting talent; talent scouting; talent appraisal; fuzzy logic.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLSM.2014.057978

International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, 2014 Vol.17 No.1, pp.1 - 21

Published online: 30 Oct 2013 *

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