The Role of E-Mentoring in Protégés' Learning and Satisfaction

Suzanne C. de Janasz, Veronica M. Godshalk

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Today's professionals require a network of mentors to help them navigate complex organizational and individual challenges. Consistent with current trends, a growing number of these mentor relationships will be initiated and carried out electronically, via e-mentoring. We build on existing social network research to investigate the role of e-mentoring in protégé outcomes. On a sample of graduate and undergraduate students, we examine the impact of dyad characteristics (e.g., interaction frequency, pre-existing relationship, perceived similarity, relevant mentor knowledge) on e-mentoring received as well as the impact of e-mentoring on protégés' learning and satisfaction. Several dyad characteristics and e-mentoring functions received were positively associated with protégés' learning and satisfaction. Limitations and implications for future research are offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)743-774
Number of pages32
JournalGroup and Organization Management
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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