Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Sutter, Denise Lynn Author's Email Address Denise.Sutter@exch.compass-usa.com URN etd-060399-211901 Title The Mentoring Compass Directing Knowledge Toward the Future Degree Master of Science Department Human Development Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Boucouvalas, Marcie Committee Member Kimball, Lisa Committee Member Merz, Jacqueline A. Committee Member Keywords
Date of Defense 1999-05-04 Availability restricted AbstractTHE MENTORING COMPASS
DIRECTING KNOWLEDGE TOWARD THE FUTURE
Denise Lynn Sutter
Marcie Boucouvalas, Chair
Adult Learning and Human Resource Development
In 1983 Merriam published a critical review of mentoring literature. Since that
time a preponderance of mentoring literature has continued to flow. The purpose of this
study was to expand on Merriam's article with a critical literature review of mentoring
literature published since 1983. Additionally, this study built upon Merriam's work by
focusing on the dynamics of the mentoring relationship as it applies to career
development in the business community. Merriam's four criticisms were reviewed and
revealed only minor changes since 1983.
The literature review was augmented with interviews in the business community
in order to look at how mentoring is currently practiced in the field. The interviews
consisted of both open and closed-ended questions, which were qualitatively analyzed.
After conducting the interview phase of this study, it became apparent that mentoring is
valued and respected within the business community as a career development and
succession planning strategy. However, it is also apparent that further research is needed
with a larger population of diverse organizations. Additional evaluation of organizational
dynamics mentoring program goals needs to be further examined in order to validate the
viability of mentoring as a career development resource. A concluding section highlights
areas for future research on mentoring.
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