Title: Chinese culture-related assumptions for mentoring practice

Authors: Rachel Yan Lu, Herman Baert

Addresses: Groot Begijnhof 37/2, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium. ' Centre for Research on Lifelong Learning and Participation, Andreas Vesaliusstraat 2 Bus 3780, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium

Abstract: Mentoring as one form of workplace learning has the dynamics to stimulate the personal growth of the Mentor-Protege (MP) pair and organisational development. However, the context where mentoring is implemented has a crucial impact on the MP relationship, mentoring process and outcomes. This article is aimed at exploring to what extent the Chinese culture-related values and the social changes in the modern era influence mentoring practice if it is implemented in the Chinese context. This article is based on one chapter of a doctoral thesis, and it is mainly composed of a critical-reflective literature review, the authors| life experiences, observations and intercultural exchanges.

Keywords: Chinese culture; mentoring; management; workplace learning; training; social changes; organisational change; labour reform; Confucianism; Taoism; China; personal growth.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCCM.2008.017170

International Journal of Chinese Culture and Management, 2008 Vol.1 No.2, pp.181 - 198

Published online: 17 Feb 2008 *

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