This work was supported by a Society for Human Resources Foundation grant awarded to the first author. The views and conclusions contained herein are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing that of the Foundation. We thank Chuck Lance for his helpful comments.
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FORMAL MENTORING PROGRAM CHARACTERISTICS AND PERCEIVED PROGRAM EFFECTIVENESS
Article first published online: 13 FEB 2006
Volume 59, Issue 1, pages 125–153, March 2006
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ALLEN, T. D., EBY, L. T. and LENTZ, E. (2006), THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FORMAL MENTORING PROGRAM CHARACTERISTICS AND PERCEIVED PROGRAM EFFECTIVENESS. Personnel Psychology, 59: 125–153. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6570.2006.00747.x
- Issue published online: 13 FEB 2006
- Article first published online: 13 FEB 2006
Formal mentoring programs continue to gain popularity within organizations despite limited empirical research regarding how these programs should be designed to achieve maximum effectiveness. This study examined design features of formal mentoring programs and perceived program effectiveness from both mentor and protégé perspectives. Mentor commitment and program understanding were examined as mediators. Substantial support for the proposed path analytic model was found. These results help begin to bridge the gap between science and practice concerning the design of formal mentoring programs.