A longitudinal study of mentor and protégé outcomes in formal mentoring relationships

Jae Uk Chun*, John J. Sosik, Nam Yi Yun

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    This study examined relationships between mentoring functions offered and transformational leadership as a mentor outcome and affective well-being and organizational commitment as mutual outcomes for both mentors and protégés. For this examination, we conducted a longitudinal field study by using 111 matched reports from both mentors and protégés collected at three different points in time over seven months in nine Korean companies that administered a standardized formal mentoring program. Study results showed that mentoring functions assessed at Time2 were positively associated with mentors' and protégés' post-mentoring outcomes at Time3 after controlling for pre-mentoring initial levels of those outcomes at Time1. Study findings also revealed that relative effects of mentoring on the mentor and protégé outcomes differed by the types of mentoring functions. We discuss the theoretical, practical, and methodological implications from these results.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1071-1094
    Number of pages24
    JournalJournal of Organizational Behavior
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 2012 Nov


    • Affective well-being
    • Formal mentoring
    • Mentor benefits
    • Organizational commitment
    • Transformational leadership development

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Psychology
    • Applied Psychology
    • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
    • Sociology and Political Science


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