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Employability and Job Performance as Links in the Relationship Between Mentoring Receipt and Career Success. A Study in SMEs


  • Nikos Bozionelos

    (Audencia Business School)

  • Konstantinos Kostopoulos

    (University of Piraeus)

  • Beatrice van Der Heijden

    (Radboud University [Nijmegen])

  • Denise M. Rousseau

    (CMU - Carnegie Mellon University [Pittsburgh])

  • Giorgos Bozionelos

    (General Hospital of Katerini - General Hospital of Katerini)

  • Thomas Hoyland

    (HUBS - Hull University Business School - University of Hull [United Kingdom])

  • Izabela Marzec

    (Katowice School of Economics)

  • Piotr Jędrzejowicz

    (Gdynia Maritime University)

  • Olga Epitropaki

    (ALBA Graduate Business School [Athens, Greece])

  • Aslaug Mikkelsen

    (University of Stavanger)

  • Dora Scholarios

    (University of Strathclyde [Glasgow])

  • Claudia van Der Heijde

    (University of Twente)


This study developed and tested a model that posited employability and job performance as intervening variables in the relationship between receipt of mentoring and career success. Participants were 207 information technology (IT) professionals employed in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in three European countries. Mentoring receipt was related to both employability and job performance. Employability mediated the relationship of mentoring receipt with objective and subjective career success, as well as its relationship with job performance. The findings indicate that receipt of mentoring is connected to job performance, a link that has hitherto lacked empirical evidence. In addition, they suggest a pivotal role for employability in the relationship of mentoring receipt with job performance and career success. Overall, this study helps unveil the mechanism through which mentoring affects career outcomes. Moreover, it shows that the benefits of mentoring hold outside the context of large corporations.

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  • Nikos Bozionelos & Konstantinos Kostopoulos & Beatrice van Der Heijden & Denise M. Rousseau & Giorgos Bozionelos & Thomas Hoyland & Izabela Marzec & Piotr Jędrzejowicz & Olga Epitropaki & Aslaug Mikke, 2016. "Employability and Job Performance as Links in the Relationship Between Mentoring Receipt and Career Success. A Study in SMEs," Post-Print hal-01294990, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-01294990
    DOI: 10.1177/1059601115617086
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    IT professionals; Career success; Mediation; SMEs; Mentoring receipt; Employability; Job performance; Non-Anglo-Saxon;
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