Title: The role of mentoring in career construction

Authors: Kumudinei Dissanayake, Masayasu Takahashi, Siriyama Kanthi Herath

Addresses: Faculty of Management and Finance, University of Colombo, Colombo 03, Sri Lanka. ' Faculty of Business Administration, Meiji University, 1–1 Kanda, Surugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan. ' Department of Accounting, School of Business, Clark Atlanta University, James P. Brawley Drive at Fair Street, Atlanta, GA 30314, USA

Abstract: This study is based on the understanding that the competitive job requirements of organisations, social trends demanding loosely bound careers, and the resulting challenges for mentors in developing careers with their protégés suggest a constructive nature of mentor-protégé relationships for organisations in the future. The premise was that the resulting careers in organisations are constructions with shared contributions from both a mentor and a protégé.

Keywords: mentoring; career construction; mentor-protégé relationships; shared contributions; knowledge based enterprises; co-learning; career development; job requirements.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMED.2006.009649

International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development, 2006 Vol.3 No.5, pp.453 - 465

Published online: 03 May 2006 *

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