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

Lapointe, Émilie; Vandenberghe, Christian

Authors

Émilie Lapointe emilie.lapointe@nottingham.edu.cn

Christian Vandenberghe



Abstract

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.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Feb 28, 2017
Journal Journal of Vocational Behavior
Print ISSN 0001-8791
Electronic ISSN 0001-8791
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 98
APA6 Citation Lapointe, É., & Vandenberghe, C. (2017). Supervisory mentoring and employee affective commitment and turnover: the critical role of contextual factors. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 98, doi:10.1016/j.jvb.2016.10.004
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2016.10.004
Keywords Supervisory mentoring; Affective commitment; Turnover; Job scope; Career and development opportunities
Publisher URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0001879116300847?via%3Dihub
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0

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