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On the Development of Competence: The Role of Mentorship
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.
2015 (English)In: 23rd NORDIC ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE: BUSINESS IN SOCIETY, 2015Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

One of the goals of the Nordic Academy of Management is the “Fostering (of) the development of competence in research and education in the field of business administration in the Nordic countries” (Conference, 2015).  The premise of this paper is that mentoring can and should play a role in competence development.  The purpose of this paper is to link mentoring to learning as it must be – the meaning of mentoring being to teach another person or persons some understanding, skills, or competences, which the mentor has him/her-self and is seen as useful for the mentee.   In general, as explained in Bloom’s taxonomy, learning has many levels (Graff, 2008). In classrooms one can progress in the taxonomy through learning methods, which in varied degrees address different learning outcomes.  An individual can hardly, however, reach the highest levels of the taxonomy through formal education. It demands practicing.  Mentoring has its force in learning from experienced individuals. Typically, mentors have some years of training in the trade in which the mentoring takes place. It is a kind of apprentice learning, although the mentee can be of whatever age.  Motivation plays a role and can be internally or externally driven. The mentor can by motivating the mentee enhance the mentee’s learning and actually also his own learning. It is said that if one wants to get a thorough understanding of a subject one should teach it.   A parallel might be drawn between academic institutions and professional service firms (PSFs) in which a professor is the equivalent of a PSF senior partner. 

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competence development, mentorship, learning
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Social Sciences
Research subject
Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-106704OAI: diva2:844109
NFF Conference 2015
Available from: 2015-08-03 Created: 2015-08-03 Last updated: 2015-12-08Bibliographically approved

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