The impact of race on managers' experiences of developmental relationships (mentoring and sponsorship): An intra-organizational study
Article first published online: 20 NOV 2006
Copyright © 1990 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of Organizational Behavior
Volume 11, Issue 6, pages 479–492, November 1990
How to Cite
Thomas, D. A. (1990), The impact of race on managers' experiences of developmental relationships (mentoring and sponsorship): An intra-organizational study. J. Organiz. Behav., 11: 479–492. doi: 10.1002/job.4030110608
- Issue published online: 20 NOV 2006
- Article first published online: 20 NOV 2006
This study examines the influence of race on protégés' experiences of forming developmental relationships. Data were collected from 88 black and 107 white managers, who, collectively, accounted for 487 developmental relationships. The results indicate that white protégés have almost no developmental relationships with persons of another race. Black protégés, however, form 63 per cent of their developmental relationships with whites. Blacks are more likely than whites to form relationships outside the formal lines of authority and outside their departments. Furthermore, same-race relationships were found to provide significantly more psychosocial support than cross-race relationships.