Social Implications of E-Mentoring: Development of an E-Mentoring Model

Social Implications of E-Mentoring: Development of an E-Mentoring Model

Veronica M. Godshalk (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-056-1.ch100
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Abstract

E-mentoring, also known as online mentoring or virtual mentoring, is changing the way that traditional mentor and protégé dyad members interact with each other. Mentoring has been widely known for its ability to enhance the career development, and to provide psychosocial support, for more junior organizational members. Through the use of computer-mediated communication technology, e-mentoring may allow individuals to bridge geographic and time differences. However, there is still much we do not know about e-mentoring and its social effects. This chapter focuses on whether or not computer-mediated communication (CMC) technology will allow for true mentoring relationships to develop, as well as what personal characteristics may be necessary to grow these virtual relationships. A model and proposition for future research are offered.

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