The Sidekick Effect: Mentoring Relationships and the Development of Social Capital
This chapter examines the benefits and pitfalls of mentoring relationships with respect to a protégé’s ability to develop social capital, measured here as ties across multinational subsidiary boundaries that might produce access to information and resources. The results indicate that early mentoring relationships are negatively related to a protégé’s stock of social capital and that later mentoring relationships are positively related to a protégé’s stock of social capital. We call for a contingency approach to studying how mentoring relationships affect career outcomes and discuss implications for future research.
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