What changes occurred in talent management because of the 2009 economic downturn? Or, more importantly, how can organizations mitigate the negative effects of the economy on their talent management, workforce performance, and business bottomline? To answer these questions, Taleo and the Human Capital Institute partnered on a global study of almost 700 business professionals from organizations of various sizes and industries. The study explored how the global recession is affecting talent management not just in the US, but in other economies as well. While the focus is on four countries-Australia, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States-data was also collected from respondents in other countries for comparison.