Title

Ethical Issues in Mentoring: The Role of HRD

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-2005

Publication Source

Advances in Developing Human Resources

Volume

7

Issue

4

Inclusive pages

569-582

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1523422305279689

ISBN/ISSN

15234223/1552-3055

Abstract

The problem and the solution: Although the benefits of mentoring relationships have been well documented, these relationships may become dysfunctional. There are a number of ethical issues to be considered in the mentoringprocess. In this article, some of the most common ones are grouped into three interrelated categories: cultural replication, access, and power. They are analyzed in terms of how human resource development can take an interventionist stance to address these ethical concerns. Four specific initiatives are presented to alleviate the potential for these dilemmas to arise and to promote healthy, productive relationships: organizational analysis, recruitment/ selection, training, and follow-up/evaluation.

Keywords

ethical issues, human resource development, mentoring, cultural replication, access, power

Disciplines

Industrial and Organizational Psychology | Organizational Behavior and Theory

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