Mentor matching: A "goodness of fit" model

Barry Bozeman, Mary K. Feeney

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One of the few mentoring topics that has received little attention in the abundant mentoring literature is the determinants of organically formed (as opposed for formal program-based) mentoring relationships. The authors propose a Goodness of Fit model, which outlines the basic elements of the mentor-protégé match, viewing the relationship as a social exchange based on the fit among mentor and protégé preferences, endowments, and the content of knowledge transmitted. After presenting the model, the authors provide a few illustrative research questions that flow from the basic logic and terms of the model. They conclude with suggestions for future research, including possibilities of the use of the model in experimental and quasiexperimental research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)465-482
Number of pages18
JournalAdministration and Society
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Goodness of fit
  • Informal mentoring
  • Mentor
  • Mentoring model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Marketing


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