Does mentoring deserve another look?

Hansford, Brian C., Ehrich, Lisa C., & Tennent, Lee (2003) Does mentoring deserve another look? In Wiesner, Retha & Millett, Bruce (Eds.) Human Resource Management: Challenges and Future Directions. John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Qld., pp. 219-228.


In recent decades, mentoring has been identified as a worthwhile workplace learning activity for men, women and minority groups in a variety of organisational settings such as large and small corporations, government departments, hospitals, universities and schools. Mentoring has received enormous coverage in both the popular literature and academic literature. Some of these sources have hailed the mentoring process as a panacea for a variety of personal ills (Torrance 1984), while a smaller body of literature has cautioned about the 'dark side' of mentoring (Long 1997). The purpose of this chapter is to report on findings from empirical research conducted in the area of mentoring in order to draw more than tentative conclusions about its benefits and limitations, and its implications, challenges and future directions for human resource (HR) managers and other stakeholders affected by it.

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ID Code: 2816
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: business, organisation, mentoring, mentor, mentee
ISBN: 9780470800959
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 John Wiley & Sons
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Deposited On: 09 Dec 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 08:16

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