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Martina Hammerschmid

Same gender cross-mentoring for women to combat skills shortages in management

Theme: Approach/school/theory
Area: Mentoring
Type: Research (on-going)
Keywords: Cross-mentoring, mentoring women, same gender mentoring, professional mentoring, formal mentoring,

Session on Wednesday, Jul 11th, 10:25
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Besides a shortage of skilled workers, a shortage of managers seems to be evolving. In Germany, in the period from 2010 to 2025, it is predicted that the labour force potential will decline by more than 6 million people (Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales, Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie and Bundesagentur für Arbeit, 2017). The Federal Employment Agency sees the greatest and fastest to be activated potential of skilled specialists in Germany among women. Therefore, in 2005, the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia initiated a mentoring programme called ‘Cross Mentoring OWL’ for the advancement of women in the region of East-Westphalia-Lippe.
Down to the present day there is limited research that explores how effective same gender dyad cross mentoring for women is in combating skill shortages in top management.

Through a qualitative approach, this study seeks to address these gaps in our knowledge and to provide understanding of why women seek same gender mentoring. The aim for this research study is to make recommendations of actions to the management of the mentoring programme ‘CrossMentoring OWL’ on how to improve the programme to better meet the needs of the region in terms of skill shortage in management.


Martina Hammerschmid is a part-time DBA student and sales director at a global industrial company. As a speaker, she shares her personal experiences as a female manager and former mentee with insights from research on why women seek same gender mentoring and how the life of the mentees has been influenced two years after the programme ended. She is currently working on her doctoral dissertation, which deals with the improvement of a same gender cross-mentoring programme for women to combat skills shortages in management.

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