Mentoring Functions: A Contemporary View of the Perceptions of Mentees and Mentors

7 Pages Posted: 21 Jul 2005

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Jane L. Fowler

Griffith University - School of Human Services - Logan Campus

John G. O'Gorman

Australian Catholic University

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to develop an instrument for assessing mentoring based in contemporary organizational life. In the first phase of the study, 24 mentees and 24 mentors were interviewed about their mentoring experience. In-depth analysis of the interview data resulted in the development of an instrument to measure mentoring functions. In the second phase of the study, the instrument was tested for its factor structure using a large sample of 272 mentees and 228 mentors. A two-phase statistical analysis, principal components analysis with one sample followed by confirmatory factor analysis with the other, revealed eight distinct functions of mentoring. Mentees and mentors were found to share similar perceptions about the mentoring functions that occur in their relationships. The results represent a thorough attempt to define and describe mentoring in a contemporary organizational environment.

Suggested Citation

Fowler, Jane L. and O'Gorman, John G., Mentoring Functions: A Contemporary View of the Perceptions of Mentees and Mentors. British Journal of Management, Vol. 16, No. 1, pp. 51-57, March 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=681673

Jane L. Fowler (Contact Author)

Griffith University - School of Human Services - Logan Campus ( email )

Brisbane 4111, Queensland
Australia

John G. O'Gorman

Australian Catholic University ( email )

Level 20, Tenison Woods House, 8-20 Napier St
North Sidney, NSW 2060
Australia
61 07 3623 7111 (Phone)
61 07 3623 7149 (Fax)

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