Developing 21st century small business leaders through formal mentoring

by Williams, Pat L., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2008, 93 pages; 3296724

Abstract:

The fluidity of the 21st century presents today's organizations with many challenges like globalization, an increasingly diverse workforce, and continued proliferation of Internet usage. In this complex environment, many companies consider various means of employee development like mentoring. This descriptive and quantitative study investigated the current state of mentoring activities and mentor proficiencies, as well as manager perceptions with respect to mentoring behaviors and the skills required to launch a formal mentoring program in a Washington, DC consulting company. The Alleman Mentoring Activities Questionnaire (AMAQ) was administered to measure specific skills and behaviors of mentors and potential mentors to ascertain possible mentoring success. The findings suggested that mentoring practices at the examined company were consistent with mentoring best practices at other companies. Moreover, all types of mentoring, as measured by the AMAQ tool, were at Typical-High levels, suggesting relatively strong mentoring behaviors and skills. Given such favorable results, the researcher recommends the consulting firm launch a formal mentoring program followed by further application of AMAQ mentoring analysis.

AdviserJames Krolik
SchoolCAPELLA UNIVERSITY
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsWomen's studies; Management; Organizational behavior
Publication Number3296724

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