Mentoring: Pros and cons for HRM

Ehrich, Lisa C. & Hansford, Brian C. (1999) Mentoring: Pros and cons for HRM. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 37(3), pp. 92-107.


Mentoring has received considerable coverage in recent decades and this is evident by the proliferation of research and popular literature available to the reader. It has been hailed as an important human resource management strategy, a career tool, and a workplace learning activity for men, women and minority groups in a variety of organisational settings such as hospitals, large corporations, schools, universities and government departments. In this paper we review the literature on this ubiquitous yet elusive concept. We begin by exploring what is meant by mentoring, the functions of mentors, three different categories of mentorship, and the benefits and hazards for the mentor, mentee and organisation. In the final part of the paper we highlight some of the implications of setting up a formal mentoring programme for human resource managers.

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ID Code: 1754
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: mentoring, mentors, mentees, proteges, formal mentoring program, traditional mentoring, career development
ISSN: 1038-4111
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Administration Management and Leadership (130304)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1999 Australian Human Resources Institute
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 30 Jun 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:26

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