n Acta Commercii - Understanding relational conditions necessary for effective mentoring of black-owned small businesses : a South African perspective : original research

Volume 16, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2413-1903
  • E-ISSN: 1684-1999



To gain an understanding of the relational conditions required for effective mentoring of black-owned small businesses.

To identify relational-based conditions for effective mentoring, which can be used to enhance business management skills of owner-managers of black-owned small businesses and eventually improve the survival of these businesses in South Africa.
By identifying relational-based conditions needed for effective mentoring of black-owned small businesses, recommendations can be put forward that could help achieve harmonious mentoring relationships and ultimately ensure effective mentoring of these businesses.
An interpretivism paradigm was adopted and a qualitative research methodology was selected. Semi-structured interviews were used to gauge the perceptions of participants about relational issues necessary for effective mentoring. Content and constant comparative analyses were used to analyse data.
The findings revealed that conditions surrounding the knowledge and expertise of the mentor, experience and age of the mentor, approachability of the mentor, mutual respect, open communication, mutual trust and honesty, passion and patience of the mentor, mentee's willingness to learn, alignment of expectations, as well as culture sensitivity of the mentor are to be considered for effective mentor-mentee relationship.
Although mentoring is important to develop management skills of owner-managers, it is equally important that the mentor-mentee relationship is nurtured to achieve the desired outcomes of the relationship.
The alarming failure rates of small businesses in general and black-owned small businesses in particular could be improved by providing effective mentoring programmes to owner-managers by ensuring harmonious mentor-mentee relationships.

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