Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Vardaman, James M.

Committee Member

Marler, Laura

Committee Member

McLarty, Benjamin D.

Committee Member

Otondo, Robert F.

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms

Visible MSU Only 3 Years

Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access


Business Administration (Management)

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


College of Business


Department of Management and Information Systems


Mentoring research contends that although the benefits of a mentoring relationship are primarily directed towards the protégés, mentoring relationships are mutually beneficial and provide substantial career benefits to the mentor. Despite increased attention on mentoring in development networks, the mentor’s perspective has been notably neglected and the objective and subjective career benefits of mentors have not been articulated. This dissertation seeks to redress this lack of understanding by hypothesizing that mentoring fosters personal learning and objective and subjective career success by leveraging the mentor’s network centrality. I also suggest that emotional intelligence and proactive personality will enhance these career outcomes with moderating effects. In addition to articulating the heretofore unexplored process through which the positive career effects of participating in developmental networks are derived, this paper extends knowledge by theorizing how providing mentoring creates stores of social capital, which contributes to career success. In the mentoring literature, the career success outcomes of mentors are more assumed than empirically known due to the privation of longitudinal evidence to support these claims. This dissertation utilizes a longitudinal study to examine the social networks and career success outcomes of mentors within a developmental network with an investigation of the effects that a mentor’s network centrality, proactive personality, and emotional intelligence have on the career outcomes of mentoring others.