Teaching Note | HBS Case Collection | May 1998

Development Relationships TN

by David A. Thomas and Emily Heaphy

Abstract

The final class of the Career Development module of the Self-Assessment and Career Development course (SACD) uses the topic of mentoring and developmental relationships to encourage students to think beyond the point of finding and accepting a suitable job offer. The Karen Harper case is used to frame the discussion. The case introduces Karen when she is facing a crucial career decision that has the potential to damage her relationship with her sole mentor. The central question is, can the current developmental relationship be transformed to meet the protege's needs? After a discussion of the case, the instructor provides a brief lecture of the research on this area, including the types and functions of developmental relationships, the effects of demographic diversity on them, and strategies for initiating and forming developmental relationships.

Keywords: Decisions; Curriculum and Courses; Job Offer; Personal Development and Career; Relationships; Strategy;

Citation:

Thomas, David A., and Emily Heaphy. "Development Relationships TN." Harvard Business School Teaching Note 498-071, May 1998.