The role of mentorship in protégé performance

TitleThe role of mentorship in protégé performance
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsMalmgren, DR, Ottino, JM, Nunes Amaral, LA
JournalNature
Volume465
Issue7298
Pagination622-626
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number00280836
Accession Number51147624
Keywordsbusiness , economic , LABOR , MATHEMATICIANS , Mathematics , Mentoring , Mentors , OCCUPATIONS , Vocational
AbstractThe role of mentorship in protégé performance is a matter of importance to academic, business and governmental organizations. Although the benefits of mentorship for protégés, mentors and their organizations are apparent, the extent to which protégés mimic their mentors’ career choices and acquire their mentorship skills is unclear. In this article, the authors investigate one aspect of mentor emulation by studying mentorship fecundity—the number of protégés a mentor trains—using data from the Mathematics Genealogy Project, which tracks the mentorship record of thousands of mathematicians over several centuries. The authors found that fecundity among academic mathematicians is correlated with other measures of academic success, and that the average fecundity of mentors remains stable over 60 years of recorded mentorship.The authors also found that mentors with low mentorship fecundities train protégés that go on to have mentorship fecundities 37% higher than expected.
NotesMalmgren, R. Dean 1,2 Ottino, Julio M. 1,3 Nunes Amaral, Luís A. 1,3,4; Affiliation: 1: Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 60208, USA 2: Datascope Analytics, Evanston, Illinois 60201, USA 3: Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 60208, USA 4: Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 60208, USA; Source Info: 6/3/2010, Vol. 465 Issue 7298, p622; Subject Term: MENTORING; Subject Term: BUSINESS enterprises; Subject Term: MENTORS; Subject Term: VOCATIONAL guidance; Subject Term: LABOR supply; Subject Term: ECONOMIC development; Subject Term: MATHEMATICIANS; Subject Term: OCCUPATIONS; Subject Term: MATHEMATICS -- Study & teaching; NAICS/Industry Codes: 624310 Vocational Rehabilitation Services; Number of Pages: 5p; Document Type: Article
DOI10.1038/nature09040
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