Social skill in workplace mentoring relationships

Sharon Y. Wu*, Daniel B. Turban, Jamie Y H Cheung

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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 - 2012

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • Communication
    • Strategy and Management

    User-Defined Keywords

    • Career success
    • Dyadic relationships
    • Dysfunctional mentoring relationships
    • Mentoring
    • Social exchange theory
    • Social skill


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