Title page for ETD etd-060399-211901

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
  • Development
  • Mentor
  • Career
Date of Defense 1999-05-04
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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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