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Supervisory mentoring and employee affective commitment and turnover: the critical role of contextual factors



Christian Vandenberghe


Past research has largely ignored the role of contextual factors in the relationships between supervisory mentoring and individual and organizational outcomes. In order to fill this void, we investigate how job scope and career and development opportunities, two critical contextual factors, moderate the supervisory mentoring-affective commitment - turnover links. Integrating social exchange theory with insights from situational approaches to leadership, we hypothesized that (a) job scope would interact with supervisory mentoring in predicting affective commitment and (b) career and development opportunities would interact with affective commitment in predicting turnover such that the conditional effects of supervisory mentoring on turnover would be stronger at high levels of these contextual moderators. Results of a study conducted with a sample of 228 business alumni, using 15-month voluntary turnover as outcome, supported our predictions. We discuss the implications of these findings for mentoring research and practice.


Lapointe, É., & Vandenberghe, C. (2017). Supervisory mentoring and employee affective commitment and turnover: the critical role of contextual factors. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 98,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 26, 2016
Online Publication Date Oct 28, 2016
Publication Date Feb 28, 2017
Deposit Date Apr 19, 2018
Publicly Available Date Feb 29, 2020
Journal Journal of Vocational Behavior
Print ISSN 0001-8791
Electronic ISSN 0001-8791
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 98
Keywords Supervisory mentoring; Affective commitment; Turnover; Job scope; Career and development opportunities
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