August 2003
Academy of Management Proceedings;2003, pF1
Conference Proceeding
This study explores the concepts of developmental network strategies, the functional categorization of developmental networks, and the potential benefits of developmental networks. The major contribution of this study is an integration of a social network perspective to the study of developmental relationships. Although there are a few studies dealing with developmental networks, they all pay attention to only structural features of the network. However, the approach taken in this paper is to consider both structural and functional features of the network simultaneously. The structural features are represented in the developmental network strategy, and the functional features are reflected in the categorization of developmental networks based on the relational contents. The appropriate fit of the structural network strategy and the functional developmental network is assumed to result in an effective developmental network. As a practical implication, it is important, from an employee's perspective, to know one's own primary orientation: career-focused or psychosocially focused. Different strategies need to be employed for different developmental needs. The application of a network approach to the study of developmental relationships at work will provide researchers and practitioners with new insights, and will advance understanding of the developmental relationship and its effects.


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