Doctor of Philosophy (PHD)
Interdisciplinary Studies (Graduate)
Date of Defense
First Committee Member
Terri A. Scandura - Committee Chair
Second Committee Member
Tarek M. Khalil - Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Robert T. Plant - Committee Member
Fourth Committee Member
Amie L. Nielsen - Committee Member
Organizations are seeking ways to become more innovative as a response to increased global competitiveness. While innovation is clearly important, many strategies have been attempted with this goal but no clear method has proved successful. This study shows that firms who are considered to have innovation as one of their core competencies utilize mentoring to facilitate and cultivate innovation. Utilizing a qualitative, case study approach, interviews were conducted with key stakeholders at four major U.S. companies considered to be among the most innovative in the world. The transcripts, archival data, and popular magazine and newspaper articles were included in the content analysis. Findings support that mentoring is a key aspect of creating and sustaining a culture of innovation at large U.S. corporations.
Amat, Susan W., "Cultivating Innovation: The Role of Mentoring in the Innovation Process" (2008). Open Access Dissertations. 308.