Business professionals today have numerous opportunities to participate in relationships that can further their personal and professional development. One such relationship is a mentoring partnership. A mentor is someone who offers their knowledge, wisdom, and advice to someone with less experience.


Useful Reference List on Mentorship:

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Bozeman, B., & Feeney, M. K. (2007). Toward a useful theory of mentoring a conceptual analysis and critique. Administration & Society, 39(6), 719-739.

Conrad, C. (1985). Strategic organizational communication: Cultures, situations, and adaptation. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston.

Crisp, G., & Cruz, I. (2009). Mentoring college students: A critical review of the literature between 1990 and 2007. Research in Higher Education, 50(6), 525-545.

Dwyer, D. (2000). Interpersonal relationships. London: Routledge.

Eby, L. T., Rhodes, J. E., & Allen, T. D. (2007). Definition and Evolution of Mentoring. The Blackwell handbook of mentoring: A multiple perspectives approach, 7-20.

Ehrich, L. C., Hansford, B., & Tennent, L. (2004). Formal mentoring programs in education and other professions: A review of the literature. Educational administration quarterly, 40(4), 518-540.

Goodwin, L.D., & Stevens, E.A. (1998). An exploratory study of the role of mentoring in the retention of faculty. Journal of Staff, Program, & Organization Development, 16: 33–41.

Green, S. G., & Bauer, T. N. (1995). Supervisory mentoring by advisers: Relationships with doctoral student potential, productivity, and commitment. Personnel Psychology, 48(3), 537-562.

Johnson, W. B. (2002). The intentional mentor: Strategies and guidelines for the practice of mentoring. Professional psychology: Research and practice, 33(1), 88-96.

Merriam, S. (1983). Mentors and proteges: A critical review of the literature. Adult Education Quarterly 33, (3), 161-173.

Mertz, N. T. (2004). What’s a mentor, anyway?. Educational Administration Quarterly, 40(4), 541-560.

Mertz, N. T., Welch, O. M., & Henderson, J. (1988). Mentoring for top management: How sex differences affect the selection process. Career Planning and Adult Development Journal, 4(2), 34-39

Murrell, A. J., Crosby, F. J., & Ely, R. J. (1999). Mentoring dilemmas: Developmental relationships within multicultural organizations. Mahwah, N.J: L. Erlbaum Associates.

Noe, R.A. (1988). Women and mentoring: A review and research agenda . Academy of Management Review, 13(1), 65-78.

Ozgen, E., & Baron, R. A. (2007). Social sources of information in opportunity recognition: Effects of mentors, industry networks, and professional forums. Journal of business venturing, 22(2), 174-192.

Pfleeger, S. L., & Mertz, N. T. (1994). Final report of the ACM/NSF executive mentoring project. New York: Association for Computing Machinery.

Scandura, T. A. (1998). Dysfunctional mentoring relationships and outcomes. Journal of Management, 24(3), 449-467.

Young, A. M., & Perrewe, P. L. (2000). What did you expect? An examination of career-related support and social support among mentors and protégés. Journal of Management, 26(4), 611-632.