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ERIC Number: ED306521
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 6
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Making the Most of Mentoring.
Horgan, Dianne D.; Simeon, Rebecca J.
This study focused on participative decision making which is considered an important way of developing subordinates in mentoring relationships. Subjects were managers (N=73) from diverse organizations. Scores were obtained for overall participation and decision quality. Further, it was determined how different aspects of the situation interacted with the protege variable and which rules were violated when dealing with proteges verus non-proteges. The second study investigated how personal mentoring history affects decision making style using the same group of managers, 44 of whom responded. Using a modified version of the Vroom-Yetton cases, results showed that participation in decision making was not always a developmental tool and more importantly, participation did not ensure quality decisions. Managers who had been mentored varied their participation more between proteges and non-proteges than did other managers. They did not, however, make better decisions than other managers. Practical points to make the most of mentoring include remembering it is when one particpates, not that one participates that is important; being careful not to overprotect proteges; and being sensitive to non-proteges. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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