The Usefulness of Theory: A Case Study in Evaluating Formal Mentoring Schemes

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The establishment, extension and development of formal mentoring schemes in workplaces have been accompanied by an extensive analysis of the preconditions for successful implementation. These have tended to explore the "mechanics" of formal mentoring schemes; namely policy development, scheme design, mentor competence, and mentor training. These studies tend to be normative and prescriptive. Substantive theoretical analysis of formal mentoring has been either absent, implicit, limited, or underdeveloped.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1055-1075
JournalHuman Relations
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1999
Externally publishedYes


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