Reverse Mentoring: Is it a fad?
Reverse mentoring is increasingly gaining traction in organizations as a HRD practice. But, is it here to stay? To understand that, we need to find out the range of topics for which RM is being used in organizations. Is it only to help seniors learn about the cutting edge technology from the younger generations fluent in the latest gadgets? Or, is it also about helping seasoned employees develop sensitivity to the needs of a diverse workforce by pairing them with juniors who are different from them? Beyond identifying the range of objectives of RM programs, it is important to discuss what organizational, individual, and cultural readiness might be needed to make such programs a success. What preparations are organizations proactively taking to launch successful RM programs?
This webinar will help to address these questions through a presentation and discussion format where two scholars who have worked on RM will share insights from their work and then interact with a practitioner who has experience with RM programs.
Implications of research to practice:
Reverse mentoring research needs to catch up to the different ways it is being practiced in different contexts. This webinar would help to map the research on RM to its varied practice.
This webinar will help to learn about:
- Relevance of RM in different organizational contexts
- Training/Professional Development needed for RM
- Design features of successful RM programs
- Acceptance of RM as a HRD practice in a global scope
Dr. Rajashi Ghosh
Associate Professor of HRD and Director of the Ph.D. Program
Dr. Rajashi Ghosh is an Associate Professor of Human Resource Development (HRD) and Director of the Ph.D. Program in the School of Education at Drexel University. Her research aims to explore different factors (e.g., mentoring, coaching, workplace incivility) that can reinforce or hinder workplace learning and development. Prior to joining academics, Rajashi worked in the corporate sector on employee development and performance management. Her work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals including all AHRD journals and other high-impact outlets publishing work related to HRD such as Journal of Vocational Behavior, Career Development International, and European Journal of Training and Development to name a few. Rajashi has been recognized by several prestigious awards including the 2016 Early Career Scholar Award at the AHRD, the 2015-16 Award for Outstanding Early Career Scholar Achievement from the Office of Provost at Drexel University, and the 2018-19 Provost Fellowship at Drexel University. Rajashi serves on the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) Board as the Global Strategy lead and is the immediate past chairperson of the India HRD SIG at the AHRD. Rajashi is the Associate Editor of the peer-reviewed section of Human Resource Development International (HRDI), one of the flagship peer-reviewed journals in the field of HRD and also an editorial board member of the premier journal, Human Resource Development Review (HRDR).
Dr. Sanghamitra Chaudhuri
University of Minnesota
Dr. Sanghamitra Chaudhuri is a Lecturer in the Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development Department in the College of Education and Human Development and the co-chair of the Women Executive Leadership Series at University of Minnesota. Previously, she served as the Director for Curriculum and Instruction for the State of Minnesota and as a Senior Lecturer at The Ohio State University. She serves as an Editorial Board member of a premier journal, Human Resource Development Review and Sage Open. She is the chair of India-HRD Special Interest Group at the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD). She is also a steering committee member at Minnesota OD (Organization Development) network where she helps coordinate professional development events for OD professionals in the Twin Cities. She has published several book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles on work-life balance, cross-cultural leadership, women leadership, training outsourcing, talent management, and reverse mentoring. She has not only received the Elwood F. Holton, III Research Excellence Award from Academy of Human Resource Development for her co-authored work on reverse mentoring, she has been quoted for the same by the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Dow Jones, Star Tribune, HR Magazine, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Very recently, she was nominated for the 'Outstanding Academic Professional Achievement Award' by University of Minnesota.