An investigation of personal learning in mentoring relationships: Content, antecedents, and consequences

Melenie J. Lankau, Terri A. Scandura

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To examine antecedents and consequences of learning in the context of mentoring relationships, we developed a new measure of personal learning, relational job learning and personal skill development. The presence of a mentor and mentoring functions were found to be antecedents of personal learning. Job satisfaction, role ambiguity, intentions to leave a job (turnover intentions), and actual leaving (turnover) were found to be consequences of personal learning. This study also explored personal learning as a mediator between mentoring functions and organizational consequences. Implications for future research and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)779-790
Number of pages12
JournalAcademy of Management Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2002


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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