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Subject The importance of mentoring on organizational socialization of the university research assistants in Anadolu University
Enver Özkalp, Çigdem Kirel, Zerrin Sungur & Aytül Ayse Cengiz; Anadolu University, Turkey
Outline  No matter what career you choose, there is one aspect of life at work that all people have in common, this is an experience of being new to the job. The process of becoming a member of an organization and learning all about it is known as organizational socialization (Greenberg, 2002). Some of the most effective forms of socialization involve the face-to-face contact between senior and junior people. On this process mentors play an important role in the development of this relationship. Mentoring has been defined as: A one to one, non-judgmental relationship in which an individual voluntarily or professionally gives time to support and encourage another (National Mentoring Network, 2004).
    According to literature on mentorship, mentor provides two kinds of function: career related and psychosocial. Career related functions include providing sponsorship, exposure-visibility, coaching, protection and challenging assignments. Psychosocial functions include providing role modeling, acceptance and confirmation, counseling and friendship (Noe, 1988).
    Mentor-protege relationship in the university has been investigated in this paper. To explore mentor-protege relationship and how mentoring develop within the Turkish Universities, especially the one in Anadolu University is our main concern in this study. As Kram mentioned in her famous study, the greater the number of functions provided by the mentor, the more supporting relations will be developed. In this study, Noe’s Mentoring Functions Scale was applied to 151 research assistants who were distributed to the three post-graduate Institutes in Anadolu University. Respondents indicated on a 5-point Likert-type scale the extent to which the statement described the relationship with their mentor. The main purpose of this research is to show the relationship between mentoring and protege relationship in the university and how this relationship affects upon the quality of human resource development in future academics. The preliminary results of this investigation will be discussed within this paper. 
Source Paper presented at the 6th international conference on HRD research and practice across Europe: Human resource development - addressing the value. Leeds 25-27 May 2005. (Abstract; full paper incl. in CD-ROM).
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