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Mentoring is a reciprocal developmental relationship that often is constructed, analyzed, and evaluated through examination of types, functions, and outcomes for mentors and mentees, as well as their organizations. Although formal, informal, and episodic or spontaneous mentoring are compared against the idealistic and prototypical mentor-protege relationship, mentoring often is enacted as a blend of different types and functions. These functions are enacted through advice, directives, and requests in situated communicative interactions and with varied single- and multi-level consequences. Future research should explore how mentoring is constituted in specific contexts and with diverse groups of people to better understand the complexities of this vital managerial communication process.

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Mentoring, in F. Cooren & P. Stücheli-Herlach (Eds.), Handbook of Management Communication, De Gruyter Mouton, p. 295-311