Ethical Issues in Mentoring: The Role of HRD
Advances in Developing Human Resources
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.
ethical issues, human resource development, mentoring, cultural replication, access, power
Industrial and Organizational Psychology | Organizational Behavior and Theory
Kimberly S. McDonald and Linda M. Hite (2005).
Ethical Issues in Mentoring: The Role of HRD. Advances in Developing Human Resources.7 (4), 569-582.