The main purpose of this study was to determine an innovative approach for identification of key employees at Noble Energy without imposing company-wide performance ratings. The study was designed to answer the following questions: What criteria do Noble Energy leaders use to determine select talent for consideration in talent reviews and succession planning? Is Noble Energy identifying select talent through their new talent review process successfully without the use of performance ratings? This research study was conducted using a qualitative method involving a survey and interviews, designed to draw on specific events surrounding the initial Spring talent review at Noble Energy which involved discussion between senior leaders. Analysis of the survey and further validation in subsequent interviews identified 11 criteria used to identify select talent at Noble Energy. It was also determined that performance ratings were not needed to identify select talent.

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Dissertations (MA) -- Organization Development; Employees -- Rating of -- Case studies; Employee motivation; Goal setting in personnel management

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Graziadio Business School



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Mangiofico, Gary;