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MILE Research Paper Selected as a Finalist For Best Applied Paper Award

For release:  June 17, 2014

The MILE Program’s research team, composed of Drs. Bob Renn and Bob Taylor, professors of Management, and doctoral Management students Robert Steinbauer and Dan Detwiler, recently had their research paper, “Mentor Career Support, Protégé Career Planning and Self-Defeating Job Search Behavior,” chosen as a finalist for the Best Applied Paper Award. This award is presented by the Academy of Management 2014 Careers Division Reed Center.

“I’m extremely proud of the team’s recent accomplishment,” stated Dr. Chuck Pierce, Great Oaks Foundation professor and chair of the Department of Management. “I’m thrilled that the MILE program not only benefits our students, but serves as a research utility for faculty and students in our College.”

In this paper, a model showing how mentor career support increases protégé career planning and decreases protégé self-defeating job search behavior via protégé career self-efficacy was tested and hypothesized. Protégé gender was also tested as a moderator of the indirect effect of career support on the outcomes via career self-efficacy. The results showed that mentor career support related more strongly and positively to female than male protégé career self-efficacy, career planning and self-defeating job search behavior. The indirect effect of mentor career support on the outcomes via career self-efficacy was also noted to be stronger for female versus male protégés.

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