Higher Education

, Volume 69, Issue 2, pp 275–287 | Cite as

How do young tenured professors benefit from a mentor? Effects on management, motivation and performance

  • Inge van der WeijdenEmail author
  • Rosalie Belder
  • Pleun van Arensbergen
  • Peter van den Besselaar


Do young tenured professors who receive mentorship differ from those without mentorship in terms of motivation, scholarly performance, and group management practice? We conducted a survey among research group leaders in the biomedical and health sciences in the Netherlands, to study the effects of mentorship. Our results show that mentorship practices leads to positive results. Young professors who receive mentorship on average have a more positive view on their work environment and manage their research more actively. Furthermore, young professors with a mentor on average perform better in terms of acquired grants. These findings indicate that it is important for universities to actively organize mentorship programs for young senior staff.


Mentorship Academic careers Research management Human resources Motivation Performance 



The authors acknowledge the contribution of Maaike Verbree to the research. Cathelijn Waaijer and Marije de Goede provided useful comments on earlier drafts.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Inge van der Weijden
    • 1
    Email author
  • Rosalie Belder
    • 2
  • Pleun van Arensbergen
    • 3
  • Peter van den Besselaar
    • 4
  1. 1.CWTSLeiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Science System Assessment DepartmentRathenau InstituutThe HagueThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Nijmegen School of ManagementRadboud University NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Network Institute, Department of Organization SciencesVU University AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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