Protégé selection by mentors: Contributing individual and organizational factors
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Journal of Vocational Behavior, ISSN: 0001-8791, Vol: 65, Issue: 3, Page: 469-483
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- Social Sciences; Psychology; Business, Management and Accounting; Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Protégé selection was examined in a laboratory experiment and a field study of experienced mentors. The results from both studies indicated that protégé willingness to learn was a critical component of protégé selection. Results of the field study also revealed that organizational rewards for developing others related to the influence protégé ability and willingness to learn had on protégé selection. Finally, the field study indicated that mentor motives for mentoring others differentially related to the importance protégé ability and willingness to learn had on protégé selection. Specifically, mentors motivated by self-enhancement were more likely to indicate that protégé ability was important in their selection of protégé, whereas mentors motivated by intrinsic satisfaction were more likely to indicate that protégé willingness to learn was important in their selection of protégé.