Mentoring is a relationship between a senior person and a junior person that enhances the junior person’s personal learning on the job and career development. Research on mentoring in organizations dates back to the late seventies to early eighties. In 1985, Kathy Kram at Boston University published a book entitled, “Mentoring at work: Developmental relationships in organizational life” that proved to be a catalyst for much research on mentoring in the management literature. In recent years, the emphasis on mentoring relationships at work has shifted to what mentee’s learn on the job – both jobrelated skills as well as political acumen. Often, much of what is learned is difficult to impart through books or even formal training program. Impactful learning occurs through the transmission of best practices from senior people who have been there to juniors who are eager to learn to navigate the complex organizational world.
Scandura, Terri A. PhD, "Mentoring – A Review of the Science and the State of the Art" (2009). Management Faculty Articles and Papers. 11.