ERIC Number: ED306524
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
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Gender, Mentoring, and Tacit Knowledge.
Horgan, Dianne D.; Simeon, Rebecca J.
Practical or "tacit" knowledge has been argued to be critical for managerial success. Mentoring may be one way in which tacit knowledge is learned. This study examined the relationships of tacit knowledge, mentoring, gender, and competence. Subjects were managers (N=57) in a southern city. No significant gender differences were found on any of the tacit knowledge measures, although men did score slightly higher than women. The only significant correlation for the entire sample was the number of times married, with those married fewer times scoring higher on tacit knowledge. This suggests that the general skills necessary to maintain a long-term marriage are related to those necessary for managerial success. Someone who felt competent on the job and was more interpersonally competent was more likely to mentor than others. Older women were less satisfied with their jobs than were younger women. Women with higher grade point averages had been married more times, while men with higher grade point averages had been married fewer times. Mentoring experiences did not appear to affect tacit knowledge. The processes involved in mentoring relationships may be especially complex for women. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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