Exploring Mentoring Functions Within the Sport Management Academy: Perspectives of Mentors and Protégés

in Sport Management Education Journal
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Mentoring has typically been studied in business environments, with fewer studies focusing on academic contexts and even fewer in the field of sport management. This study examined the mentoring relationships, and specifically the mentoring functions that occurred among sport management doctoral dissertation advisors (mentors) and their doctoral students (protégés). Semistructured telephone interviews were conducted with 13 individuals. Participants collectively described examples of all of Kram’s (1988) mentoring functions, with coaching, counseling, and exposure and visibility cited most frequently. Fewer instances of protection and direct sponsorship were mentioned, although there was evidence of considerable indirect sponsorship. Protégés provided more examples of role modeling as compared with their mentors, and the entire process of completing a doctoral degree can be viewed as a challenging assignment. A discussion of these findings within the context of the relevant previous academic literature and suggestions for future research are also provided.

Jacqueline L. Beres and Jess C. Dixon are each with the Department of Kinesiology, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, Canada. Address author correspondence to Jess C. Dixon at jdixon@uwindsor.ca.

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