Talent Management in Indian Social Sector

ISDM Knowledge and Research Centre in collaboration with the Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy, Ashoka University is initiating an ecosystem study on Talent Management in the Indian Social Impact Sector. The research shall enable civil society organisations, philanthropists, foundations and the talent ecosystem to attract, nurture and develop organisational talent towards impacting sustainable, scalable solutions for social transformation

The proposed study aims to,

  • Examine 'what is' in terms of the current talent management practices in the sector,
  • Provide a set of actionable recommendations to key stakeholders of the Social Impact Sector,
  • Draw attention to and analyse experiential knowledge of organisations and leaders that address critical knowledge gaps on talent management practices in the Social Impact Sector
  • Co-create a normative framework on talent management for social purpose organisations located within the emerging sectoral ecosystem

The Social Impact Sector itself is quite heterogeneous, consisting of various types of organisations. Scoping the project, therefore, shall lead to creation of a conceptual framework on Typology of Organisations in the Indian Social Impact Sector. The framework shall draw upon the existing work of international bodies and authors who have extensively written on classification of non-profit organisations, as well as, enable and shape future empirical research on social sector organisations in India.

Given the scope and complexity of the research topic, the action plan for research on talent management in the social impact sector has been divided into two phases

Phase I: To enable data-based insights on existing compensation practice in the sector with an empirical understanding of drivers/factors (demand, supply and behavioural) affecting talent in the social impact sector. This phase is being executed in two research modules:

Research Module 1: Compensation and Role benchmarking in Indian Social Impact Sector

The research on 'Compensation and Role Benchmarking' attempts to address the knowledge and data gaps that exist with regard to how talent is compensated in the Indian social impact sector. A compensation and role benchmarking study for the social impact sector will draw insights into the existing trends as well as its role as one of the drivers of talent attraction, motivation, and retention in organisations.

Research Module 2: Drivers of Talent in Indian Social Impact Sector

This research module shall enable the sector to develop an understanding of the key drivers of organisational talent both from the perspective of organisations and professionals who are engaging in the sector. The module shall make explicit the patterns of talent management behaviour in the varied structural and cultural contexts of SPOs and its impact on the drive/ motivation of organisational talent identifying the factors that drive the intent and commitment of people engaged in different archetypes of organisations.

Phase II: With focus on co-creating norms for talent management practice in the social impact sector. This involves a participatory approach to enabling shifts in sectoral practice through creating platforms that nurture innovative approaches and path-breaking infrastructure that have the potential to foster

Research Module 3: Co-creating Normative Framework for Talent Management Practice in Indian Social Impact sector

The research module will invite organisations to engage in collective co-creation of norms of talent management in the sector.

The key mandates of the participatory research module is to,

  1. Build a shared understanding of talent management challenges in the sector
  2. Collaborate to develop organisational coherence on shared norms on talent management, co-created by SPOs (including funders and talent ecosystem enablers)
  3. Design aligned structures, processes and support strategies towards operationalising the normative framework of talent management