E-mentoring as a HRD intervention: an exploratory action research study within an International Professional Mentoring Scheme

Sanyal, Chandana and Rigby, Chris (2017) E-mentoring as a HRD intervention: an exploratory action research study within an International Professional Mentoring Scheme. Human Resource Development International, 20 (1). pp. 18-36. ISSN 1367-8868

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Abstract

Advances in technology have reshaped mentoring as a human resource development (HRD) intervention and heralded e-mentoring, using online solutions, as an alternative to traditional mentoring. In this article we report on a unique learning opportunity as a part of the HRD curriculum in a Higher Education Institution (HEI) in which mentoring was offered to pairs separated by not only geographical distance but also by time zone, culture and organisation (Global Mentoring Relationships, GMRs). We used an action research approach to aid the programme team’s understanding of their own practice and to evaluate 23 GMRs within an e-mentoring scheme in a UK based university. We offer empirical evidence of the application of media richness theory (MRT) as well as traditional models of mentoring to develop and evaluate e-mentoring relationships, particularly GMRs. Key findings highlight how the mode of communication and its media richness affect GMRs and demonstrate the effect of the type and style of mentoring on the success of GMRs. Based on our results, we recommend a combination of e-mentoring methods using various forms of technology and the sharing of models to create a common language to enhance the practice of e-mentoring in and across organisations.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations
Item ID: 21000
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Human Resource Development International on 24/08/2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13678868.2016.1220156
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Depositing User: Chandana Sanyal
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2016 16:22
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2019 16:30
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/21000

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