Who is a New Venture Mentor? A Clarification of the Concept and Implications for Research

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    New venture mentoring is paramount to startup acceleration and growth. In the past five years we observed a proliferation of scholarly interest in the concept, making it a promising theoretical lens through which scholars can better understand entrepreneurship. To summarize the recent progress of this stream and promote its use, we systematically review 71 articles in leading management and entrepreneurship journals published over three decades. We describe how mentoring has been adopted in the entrepreneurship research and what the implications and future directions for the scholarship are. In addition, we provide an in-depth review of multiple and diverging new venture mentoring definitions offered by existing studies and discuss the implications of these definitions. The discussion is enriched by the delineation of the core attributes of new venture mentoring relationships, distinguishing them from other types of developmental relations. We conclude with the recommendations for future new venture mentoring research."
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAcademy of Management Proceedings 2020
    EditorsSonia Taneja
    PublisherAcademy of Management
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2020
    Event80th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2020: Broadening our Sight - Virtual
    Duration: 7 Aug 202011 Aug 2020
    https://aom.org/events/annual-meeting/past-annual-meetings/2020-broadening-our-sight (Conference website)
    https://journals.aom.org/toc/amproc/2020/1 (Conference proceedings)

    Publication series

    NameAcademy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings
    ISSN (Print)0065-0668
    ISSN (Electronic)2151-6561


    Conference80th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2020
    Internet address


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