Academic journal article Academy of Entrepreneurship Journal

E-Mentoring: Alternative Paradigm for Entrepreneurial Aptitude Development

Academic journal article Academy of Entrepreneurship Journal

E-Mentoring: Alternative Paradigm for Entrepreneurial Aptitude Development

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Mentoring is not a new concept to study, however the various modes and methods which are recently associated with mentoring are there to explore and research. E-mentoring, one of the mentoring methods is latest supplement that helps a mentee to obtain knowledge and accelerate growth with the support of mentor who is physically not present around them. Academic success, career aspirations and personal development are other benefits one can obtain with the proper mentoring.

The generalizations present regarding the mentoring process, for its definition, procedure and functions, explains that it is wide in nature and diverge from one place to another. It has gone to a level where people understand its importance and marks its necessity at any point of life. The reason may be the easy availability of online networking websites and applications that gives a platform to interact, post your query and is not bounded by geographical location. The process, mentoring, is associated with many dimensions of human life, for instance career, academic, psychological behavior and social development.

A number of e-mentoring hubs have been developed in the Western industrialized societies which provide support to the information seeker on various aspects related to development of leadership skills, managerial traits, entrepreneurial traits, managerial skills and so on. A number of websites are made available offering online mentoring on various aspects from business development modules related to development in the areas of science, technology and humanities. A unique factor that is responsible for the success of e-mentoring is the quality of mentoring relationship that is heavily influenced by the common interests of the mentor and the mentee. As such most of the e-mentoring program requires some shared interest between the provider and the seeker.

Bierema & Sharan (2002) avowed the future of e-mentoring is endless as Internet. There were any research and studies held during the decade. Shrestha et al. (2009), in a comparative study mentioned that e-mentoring has added new dimensions to face-to-face mentoring concluded that, " The electronic dimension offers added benefits to mentors such as fitting into a busy schedule and minimizing status differences with mentees. Other findings give additional insights: how the electronic medium allowed for mentoring to target students without stigmatizing them, how e-mentoring reached out to more students, and how it enabled mentors to better manage the expectations of mentees

Williams (2012) adding weightage to the online mode of mentoring stated, "The function of a mentor, or e-mentor, is not to tell the protégé what to do, nor is it to give orders or directives. The function of the mentor is to present possibilities to the protégé and to advice on possible outcomes. the protégé reacts and questions the outcome possibilities specific to his/her new experience. Much has been investigated regarding the benefits to the protégé in this look toward outcomes" (Williams, 2012) also added the perception of mentors who delivered the mentoring electronically states that it is new method of leaning, "This is a new approach for the students as well as for the mentors. Some of the students are more agreeable to the process and other students are working more independently. It depends on the student and on the intensity of their project. I would say that I could spend 10-15% of my time each month [with students]. I try to make myself available as often as they need," testimonial of an e-mentor available in a research paper.

Satish et al. (2016) took the concept of mentoring to academic development. Education sector has found mentoring as quite effective tool since long back and with the advent of new technologies, comes an idea of online mentoring, which is also referred to as e-mentoring. "EMentoring is fundamentally developed to improve the performance of students by assisting mentors to understand the problems of students more effectively and easily I"


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