importance of mentoring on organizational socialization of the university
research assistants in Anadolu University
Özkalp, Çigdem Kirel, Zerrin Sungur & Aytül Ayse Cengiz;
Anadolu University, Turkey
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.
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).