Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management

ISBN: 978-0-76230-959-7, eISBN: 978-1-84950-174-3

ISSN: 0742-7301

Publication date: 2 October 2003


Organizations have become increasingly interested in developing their human resources. One tool that has been explored in this quest is mentoring. This has led to a surge in mentoring research and an increase in the number of formal mentoring programs implemented in organizations. This review provides a survey of the empirical work on mentoring that is organized around the major questions that have been investigated. Then a conceptual model, focused on formal mentoring relationships, is developed to help understand the mentoring process. The model draws upon research from a diverse body of literature, including interpersonal relationships, career success, training and development, and informal mentoring. Finally, a discussion of critical next steps for research in the mentoring domain is presented.


Wanberg, C.R., Welsh, E.T. and Hezlett, S.A. (2003), "MENTORING RESEARCH: A REVIEW AND DYNAMIC PROCESS MODEL", Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management (Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management, Vol. 22), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 39-124.

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