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Mentoring Dilemmas: Developmental Relationships Within Multicultural Organizations (Applied Social Research Series) [Hardcover]

by Audrey J. Murrell, Faye J. Crosby, Robin J. Ely
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March 1, 1999 0805826327 978-0805826326
The world is continually changing. As organizations become more diverse, the need to recognize and develop talent within others becomes more critical and more complex. Herein lies the fundamental dilemma that parties to these important relationships face. Based on a recent gathering in Amherst, the contributors of this volume attempted to help each other better understand the issues that they were facing in their own diversified mentoring relationships as mentors, protégés, or both. This volume is the result of their efforts.

Organized into three sections, the book focuses on the different types of mentoring perspectives--theoretical, empirical, and experiential. It addresses the following issues:
*Developmental relationships--the emerging themes and theoretical models that discuss the experiences of various ethnic populations,
*Empirical evidence--qualitative and quantitative research that examines the impact of diverse mentoring relationships,
*First-hand accounts--experiences that recount key lessons learned in various situations, including breaking the glass ceiling, among others.

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This book offers a rich mix of articles that explore mentoring dilemmas within diverse work contexts: conceptual or theoretical pieces, reviews of the literature, discussions of specific studies, and firsthand accounts....the book does an excellent job of stimulating thought and developing ideas....Each chapter is concise and interesting. The editors did an excellent job of ensuring consistency of format so that several voices could be heard and none would receive more exposure than the others.
Personnel Psychology

Those interested in mentoring and/or developmental relationships in organizations should buy this book, as should those interested in diversity and how developmental experiences vary for dissimilar groups.
Administrative Science Quarterly

All of us need mentors at work as well as at school. This thoughtful and insightful book represents one of the first serious efforts to inquire into the conditions that promote mentoring for everyone.
Thomas Gerety
President, Amherst College

When senior people in an organization help develop the abilities and talents of junior people, everyone benefits. To foster and manage developmental relationships, organizations that employ and serve diverse populations, must know about the special challenges and the special opportunities that attend diversity. This outstanding volume presents the latest research on mentoring and sponsorship in multicultural organizations and is likely to set for the next decade the course of thinking about the issues among those of us who work in business schools.
Donald Jacobs
Dean, J.L. Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

The business maxim 'grow or die' could be recast as 'mentor or die.' Mentoring your firm's future leadership is a critical success factor for any company with growth plans. This book provides managers with insights on how to make mentoring work in our increasingly diverse organizations.
Paul Gudonis
President, GTE Internetworking Services

Few doubt the importance of developmental relationships to career advancement. But how do these relationships work within the context of the multicultural organization? Mentoring Dilemmas: Developmental Relationships Within Multicultural Organizations provides a comprehensive treatment of this issue from three perspectives: theoretical, empirical, and experimental....This book may provide a valuable resource for those interested in conducting research related to developmental relationships within a diverse workforce. It also illustrates the need to examine developmental relationships from a broader perspective.
Nancy G. Boyd
University of North Texas, Denton

Product Details

  • Series: Applied Social Research Series
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Psychology Press (March 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805826327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805826326
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,103,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Audrey J. Murrell is an Associate Professor of Business Administration, Psychology and the Director of the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Murrell conducts research, teaches and works with organizations on strategies to enhance overall effectiveness by utilizing their most valuable assets - their human and social capital. She conducts extensive research on building capacity of people and outcomes at work with a special emphasis on enhancing outcomes for women. Dr. Murrell received her undergraduate degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and her masters and doctorate degrees from the University of Delaware. She serves as a consultant in the areas of mentoring, organizational effectiveness, teamwork, diversity, and leadership development. Audrey has received numerous awards including the Small Business Administration (SBA) "Minority Business Advocate of the Year", the "Women of Distinction" award from the Girls Scouts of Southwestern Pennsylvania, the Susan B. Anthony "Women of Vision" award from the Women's Leadership Assembly, the Community Champion Award from the United Way of Allegheny County, and the Chancellor's Distinguished Public and Community Service Award from the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of several books including Mentoring Dilemmas: Developmental Relationships within Multicultural Organizations, published by Lawrence Erlbaum & Associates, "Intelligent Mentoring: How IBM Adds Value through People, Knowledge and Relationships" by Pearson Publishers, "A Peculiar Treasure", a book of spirit-filled poetry published by Xulon Press and the recent book, "Tested Mortar: How God Uses Life's Test to Strengthen US" by Pneuma Publishing. Her website address is:

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This book includes chapters by several authors exploring the connection between mentoring in organizations and diversity. Theory, research and practical experiences are revealed in this timely discussion of two key issues facing organizations today and in the future. Clearly the editors have stumbled upon a critical aspect of "best practice" within organizations - the role of diversified developmental relationships.
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