This study examined the mediating influence of protege-initiated mentoring relationships on the relationship between personality and situational characteristics and mentoring received. Data were obtained from Hong Kong Chinese graduate employees (N = 184) in their early career stage. Results of the regression analysis showed that protege-initiated mentoring relationships mediated the relationship between the personality (extraversion) but not the situational (individual development culture and opportunities for interactions on the job) characteristics and mentoring received. In other words, extraversion was indirectly related to mentoring received through protege-initiated mentoring relationships but individual development culture and opportunities for interactions on the job were directly related to mentoring received. Additionally, opportunities for interactions on the job indirectly influenced mentoring received through protege-initiated mentoring relationships. Limitations of the study, implications of the findings and directions for future research are discussed.
|Number of pages
|Journal of Organizational Behavior
|Published - Sept 1999
Scopus Subject Areas
- Applied Psychology
- Sociology and Political Science
- Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management