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Title: Pushing the boundaries on mentoring: can mentoring be a knowledge tool?
Authors: Henriques, Paulo Lopes
Curado, Carla
Keywords: human resources management practices
mentoring
information centres
organizational memory
change
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: North-German Academy of Informatology
Vilnius Gediminas Technical University
Citation: Henriques, Paulo Lopes, Carla Curado. 2009. "Pushing the boundaries on mentoring: can mentoring be a knowledge tool?". Journal of Business Economics and Management, 10(1):85-97
Abstract: Easy access to organizational knowledge is fundamental in dynamic environments that demand continuous firm adaptation. In that scenario we believe that mentors have a key role as access facilitators to knowledge in the change periods. We have developed this study aiming to explore the role and importance of mentors as knowledge access facilitators. We have approached that role in two different ways. We set apart the knowledge base in two categories: Information centers and organizational memory, accepting that mentors act differently accordingly. Based on the literature reviewed we were able to stage a three-dimensional theoretical setting (mentoring, knowledge, and change) and produce three research questions. We have addressed these research questions using an exploratory qualitative approach to fi ve different fi rms from three industries apart. This study contributes to the literature at least in two ways. Firstly, it connects the mentor fi gure to the knowledge base’s access, exposing the importance of the mentor as a knowledge access facilitator during change periods. Secondly, by categorizing the knowledge base in two different ways, we are able to explicitly differentiate mentor roles accordingly.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10400.5/751
ISSN: 1611-1699
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