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Mentorship programs in the manufacturing industry
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Lifelong learning/Encell.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4248-0634
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Praktiknära utbildningsforskning (PUF), Epistemic Cultures & Teaching Practices.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0188-4675
2018 (English)In: European Journal of Training and Development, ISSN 2046-9012, E-ISSN 2046-9020, Vol. 42, no 7/8, p. 455-469Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

This paper aims to present a literature review of studies of mentorship programs in the manufacturing industry so as to lay a theoretical basis for learning at work.

Design/methodology/approach

A literature review with focus on mentorship programs in the manufacturing industry was used. A search for relevant peer-reviewed articles, in four databases, rendered 315 hits, but only one article dealt with mentorship programs in an industry similar to the manufacturing industry. Thus, it is concluded that there is a lack of research on this area. The selection criteria were broadened so as to include 16 articles on mentorship programs for learning at work.

Findings

Three dominant areas emerged from this review: definitions of mentorship, characteristics of a good mentor and mentorship program structures. The establishment of a mentorship program requires a clear purpose; contextual knowledge; and adaption to the profession, the organization and to individual needs. In addition to their findings, the authors discuss relationships in mentoring programs, what can be understood by “reading between the lines” and the ongoing digitalization of mentorship programs.

Originality/value

Mentorship has proven itself to be a superior way to learn on the job. This paper provides practical information about establishing mentorship programs in the manufacturing industry, with a particular focus on the moulding industry.

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2018. Vol. 42, no 7/8, p. 455-469
Keywords [en]
Workplace learning, Literature review, Construction industry, Mentorship, Workplace training, Mentorship programs
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-41622DOI: 10.1108/EJTD-05-2018-0044ISI: 000448530200006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85054034827OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-41622DiVA, id: diva2:1251443
Available from: 2018-09-27 Created: 2018-09-27 Last updated: 2019-05-14Bibliographically approved

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