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Toward a Useful Theory of Mentoring: A Conceptual Analysis and Critique

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Title: Toward a Useful Theory of Mentoring: A Conceptual Analysis and Critique
Author(s): Bozeman, Barry; Feeney, Mary K.
Subject(s): accounting mentoring
Abstract: In this review and critique of mentoring theory and research, the authors identify persistent problems in the development of mentoring theory. Their conceptual analysis highlights these problems with a “thought experiment” illustrating the inability of mentoring theory and research to resolve certain fundamental issues, the resolution of which is a prerequisite for the advancement of explanatory theory. They conclude with ideas about demarcating “mentoring” from the sometimes confounding concepts “training” or “socialization.” Absent an ability to distinguish mentoring from related activities, progress in explanatory theory will remain impeded.
Issue Date: 2007-10
Publisher: Sage Publications Inc
Citation Info: Bozeman, B., & Feeney, M. K. (2007). Toward a useful theory of mentoring - A conceptual analysis and critique. Administration & Society, 39(6), 719-739. doi:10.1177/0095399707304119
Type: Article
Description: Post print version of article may differ from published version. The definitive version is available through SAGE at DOI:10.1177/0095399707304119
ISSN: 0095-3997
Date Available in INDIGO: 2011-08-31

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