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Supply and demand of mentoring: implementing theory into practice
Örebro University, Department of Business, Economics, Statistics and Informatics. (Dahméncentrum)
University of Illinois, USA.
University of Illinois, USA.
2007 (English)In: ICSB 2007 World Conference, 2007, Turku: ICSB , 2007Conference paper, (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to share our knowledge and experience of launching an extensive mentoring programme for new entrepreneurs in Sweden, based on the supply and demand theories from our research. In our first study, we wanted to determine the supply of mentors. We therefore examined senior executives located throughout Sweden in a survey with 406 respondents. We designed a questionnaire comprising 61 questions, which was sent to 1,269 potential respondents, with a response rate of 32%. This survey produced an unambiguous result: 97% of the respondents were willing to act as mentors for new entrepreneurs and almost 50% were willing to become a voluntary mentor. In our second study, to determine the demand for mentoring, we examined new starters in different sectors located throughout Sweden. A questionnaire was sent to 1,022 new starters. We found that eight out of ten start-ups and nearly nine out of ten start-ups in their first year in business would like a mentor. The third stage was to see whether our results would work in practice. We were now confident that it was possible to run more extensive mentoring programmes, in terms of the number of mentors and adepts per capita, than previously. The third stage was therefore to develop a large-scale mentoring programme. This mentoring programme is now government-financed and is being rolled out in stages across Sweden. This paper will present an account of the process and the results that we achieved.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Turku: ICSB , 2007.
Keyword [en]
mentor, mentee, mentoring, mentoring programme, adept, entrepreneur, start-up
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-6628ISBN: 951-564-263-9 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-6628DiVA: diva2:214501
Conference
ICSB 2007 World Conference, Turku, Finland, 13-15 June 2007
Available from: 2009-05-05 Created: 2009-05-05 Last updated: 2015-02-02Bibliographically approved

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