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Anna Feldhaus

The effectiveness of individual mentoring in teams: a structural conceptualisation in the form of a renewed framework

Theme: Mentoring: state of the art and future perspectives
Area: Mentoring
Type: On-going research

Session on Thursday, Jul 7th, 15:25
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Anna Feldhaus is a research assistant at the Chair for Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour at the University of Siegen in Germany. Her research focus is human resource development – especially mentoring. Mentoring is also a substantial part of her current PhD project.


Mentoring has a long tradition in training people. It is a valid and successful method to teach and transfer knowledge. Currently, the research sets a sharp focus on the relationship. But what if teams, which are related to the mentoring relationship, also experience some spill-over effects of this mentor-mentee-relationship? This paper will contribute to the session about “Individual mentoring in teams: A structural conceptualisation” with a comprehensive literature review. The phenomenon of spill-over effects is explained through the structural boat model of Coleman. Coleman’s boat model describes that social phenomenon can be transferred from a society level to an individual level and back on to the society level. In this theoretical model, it will become obvious that aspect of the individual relationship between mentor and mentee will have a positive as well as a negative influence on related team members in an organisation. Finally, this model shows that mentoring is more than a method to develop just one person and there is a variety of spill-over effects that influence the team. As a result of these spreading effects it is crucial to understand the potential effects on the team, in order to generate guidelines for mentor, mentee and related team members.

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