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Subject European cultural differences in mentoring
Context Investigation of mentoring in top European companies
Summary National cultural differences hidden and often unconscious assumptions might be expected to affect mentoring across Europe. Key factors include:
  •  change (low versus high uncertainty avoidance);
  •  power (high versus low centralisation);
  •  communication flow (acceptability outside the hierarchy);
  •  group (versus individual);
  •  status (who you are versus what you do);
  •  achievement (versus nurturing);
  •  leadership (manager as expert versus facilitator);
  •  communication context (high level of interaction versus low);
  •  involvement (high versus low).
"The way these iceberg factors operate in different cultures can affect a number of aspects of mentoring: the expectations and role of the mentor, mentoree, and line manager: the nature of the mentoring agreement; and the participants' feedback style and attitudes to confidentiality.
Key terms Factors of cultural differences
Source Barham et al. 1998, quoted by Walton 2000, p. 264
Descriptors D-HRD EP06          R15
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