Toward a Useful Theory of Mentoring

  title={Toward a Useful Theory of Mentoring},
  author={Barry Bozeman and Mary K. Feeney},
  journal={Administration \& Society},
  pages={719 - 739}
In this review and critique of mentoring theory and research, the authors identify persistent problems in the development of mentoring theory. Their conceptual analysis highlights these problems with a “thought experiment” illustrating the inability of mentoring theory and research to resolve certain fundamental issues, the resolution of which is a prerequisite for the advancement of explanatory theory. They conclude with ideas about demarcating “mentoring” from the sometimes confounding… 

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