in European companies
study in Europe
seems well established in Scandinavia, especially Sweden. There is evidence
of a growing interest in the Netherlands. On the other hand there is little
evidence of mentoring schemes in Southern Europe. This distinction lends
support to the hypothesis based on Hofstede (1991) that mentoring is more
suited to countries with low power distance and a high tolerance for uncertainty.
There is however some evidence of a shift of emphasis in countries such
as France, and a concern with generating more of a learner centred approach
opposed to a trainer centred approach. Such a shift could lead to greater
enthusiasm for and empathy with, mentoring.
organisations might provide a significant trigger for the spread of mentoring
across Europe, either because of exposure to schemes via international
placements or because of benchmarking activities through conferences.
learner centred approach and trainer centred approach; transfer of schemes
via international placements or benchmarking activities
2000, pp. 273