Mentoring and turnover intentions in public accounting firms: a research note

Hall, Matthew and Smith, David (2009) Mentoring and turnover intentions in public accounting firms: a research note. Accounting, Organizations and Society, 34 6-7: 695-704. doi:10.1016/j.aos.2008.11.003

Author Hall, Matthew
Smith, David
Title Mentoring and turnover intentions in public accounting firms: a research note
Journal name Accounting, Organizations and Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0361-3682
Publication date 2009-08-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.aos.2008.11.003
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 34
Issue 6-7
Start page 695
End page 704
Total pages 10
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Language eng
Abstract Turnover in public accounting firms is a critically important issue as firms seek to retain quality accounting personnel in the face of skilled labour shortages. Mentoring is one initiative that has been suggested as a means of reducing the high costs associated with employee turnover. However, prior accounting research examining the association between mentoring and turnover intentions has produced mixed results, which may be due, at least in part, to difficulties in operationalizing the mentoring construct. Drawing on recent management literature regarding organizational turnover intentions, we challenge the conventional view that mentoring generally leads to reduced turnover intentions, by testing a theoretical model that posits that different functions of mentoring have differing effects on turnover intentions. Specifically, we argue that while the psychosocial support function of mentoring can serve to reduce public accountants’ turnover intentions, the career development function of mentoring has the potential to increase turnover intentions. Results support this conclusion.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Published August–October 2009

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: UQ Business School Publications
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