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Employability and job performance as links in the relationship between mentoring receipt and career success: a study in SMEs

Bozionelos, Nikos; Kostopoulos, Konstantinos; Van der Heijden, Beatrice; Rousseau, Denise M.; Bozionelos, Giorgos; Hoyland, Thomas; Miao, Rentao; Marzec, Izabela; J?drzejowicz, Piotr; Epitropaki, Olga; Mikkelsen, Aslaug; Scholarios, Dora; Van der Heijde, Claudia


Nikos Bozionelos

Konstantinos Kostopoulos

Beatrice Van der Heijden

Denise M. Rousseau

Giorgos Bozionelos

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Dr Thomas Hoyland
Reader, Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour

Rentao Miao

Izabela Marzec

Piotr J?drzejowicz

Olga Epitropaki

Aslaug Mikkelsen

Dora Scholarios

Claudia Van der Heijde


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.


Bozionelos, N., Kostopoulos, K., Van der Heijden, B., Rousseau, D. M., Bozionelos, G., Hoyland, T., …Van der Heijde, C. (2016). Employability and job performance as links in the relationship between mentoring receipt and career success: a study in SMEs. Group & organization management, 41(2), 135-171.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 4, 2015
Online Publication Date Nov 30, 2015
Publication Date 2016-04
Deposit Date Dec 21, 2015
Publicly Available Date Nov 23, 2017
Journal Group and organization management
Print ISSN 1059-6011
Electronic ISSN 1552-3993
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 41
Issue 2
Pages 135-171
Keywords Mentoring receipt, Employability, Job performance, Career success, Mediation, SMEs, IT professionals, Non-Anglo-Saxon
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Additional Information This is an authors' accepted manuscript of an article published in Group and organization management, 2016, v.41 issue 2.


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