Social skill in workplace mentoring relationships

Sharon Y. Wu*, Daniel B. Turban, Yu Ha Cheung

*Corresponding author for this work

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The goal of this theoretical paper is to examine the role of social skill in the mentoring process from a career perspective. Drawing on empirical and theoretical evidence, we build on Kram's suggestions to understand the role of social skill in various stages of mentoring relationships. We then examine how both the mentors and protégés' social skill influences the overall mentoring effectiveness especially on dysfunctional mentoring relationships. Our paper provides both theoretical and practical implications for researchers interested in social skill and for firms with mentoring programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-72
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Organizational Culture, Communications and Conflict
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Communication
  • Strategy and Management

User-Defined Keywords

  • Social skill
  • mentoring
  • career success
  • social exchange theory
  • dyadic relationships
  • dysfunctional mentoring relationships


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