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ERIC Number: EJ822717
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
ISSN: ISSN-1044-8004
The Effect of Formal Mentoring Program Characteristics on Organizational Attraction
Horvath, Michael; Wasko, Laurie E.; Bradley, Jessica L.
Human Resource Development Quarterly, v19 n4 p323-349 Win 2008
Although the extant mentoring literature describes the post-hire benefits of mentoring programs, less is known about how mentoring programs affect pre-hire perceptions of organizations--perceptions that may have subsequent implications for the success of mentoring programs and other HRD practices. To explore this issue, we used a policy-capturing design to examine the influence of formal mentoring program characteristics on organizational attraction. Results from a sample of 254 undergraduate participants indicated preferences for organizations offering mentorship programs that are voluntary, that give protege input into the choice of mentor, that link proteges with individuals who hold higher rank (that is, supervisors), and that offer both career and psychosocial support. Furthermore, one of these relationships was moderated by participants' Need for Dominance. Implications for practice and research are discussed. (Contains 2 tables, 2 figures and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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