Title

Mentoring global female managers in the global marketplace: Traditional, reverse, and recipricol mentoring

Date of this Version

6-1-2009

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Journal Article

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Harvey, M., McIntyre, N., Thompson Heames, N. & Moeller, M. (2009). Mentoring global female managers in the global marketplace: Traditional, reverse, and recipricol mentoring. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 20(6), 1344-1361.

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Abstract

A stream of research exists that focuses on traditional mentoring (senior female managers mentoring junior members in a domestic organization). The literature further indicates that females are increasing in number but may receive less mentoring than males and expatriates may receive less mentoring than domestic employees. A new paradigm, reverse mentoring, has emerged (e.g., a junior person, knowledgeable of the rapid technological change and globalization of business, acts as the mentor for a senior person). This paper proposes a third type of mentoring, 'reciprocal', as essential for competition in global markets. It is argued that mentoring can become a strategic tool in the organizational knowledge creation and transfer process. Moreover, mentoring could serve as a competitive advantage in creating an effective support system for female global female managers.

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