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Mentoring relationships and the female managerial career

Margaret Linehan (Department of Adult and Continuing Education, Cork Institute of Technology, Cork, Ireland)
James S. Walsh (Strategic Learning Research Programme, University College, Cork, Ireland)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 1 December 1999



Mentoring relationships may be important for female managers seeking career advancement in both domestic and international management. The relative scarcity of mentoring relationships for female managers, particularly outside the USA, raises certain questions. This paper reviews some of the current literature on mentoring in order to highlight the barriers faced by female managers in developing mentoring relationships. In particular, the paper presents the results of empirical research in relation to mentoring conducted with senior female international managers in Europe. The findings suggest that mentoring relationships may be even more important for the career successes of female international managers in comparison to female managers employed in their home‐country organisations. Gender differences in mentoring relationships are also discussed. Finally, some implications for practice and an agenda for further research are presented.



Linehan, M. and Walsh, J.S. (1999), "Mentoring relationships and the female managerial career", Career Development International, Vol. 4 No. 7, pp. 348-352.




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