The role of trust in the mentoring experience of trainee lawyers and its influence on intention to stay in Irish law practices
Buckley, Finian and Farrell, Colleen (2007) The role of trust in the mentoring experience of trainee lawyers and its influence on intention to stay in Irish law practices. LInK Working Paper Series. (Paper No. 01-07). The Learning, Innovation and Knowledge Research Centre, Dublin City University, Ireland.
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Trust and mentoring are two well researched concepts within the field of management science. However, very few studies have sought to explicitly look at the role of trust
in the mentoring relationship. This study seeks to contribute to the linking of the two fields. The mentoring experiences of 289 second year trainee lawyers who were
interns in law practices in the Republic of Ireland were surveyed. Their levels of trust in their formally assigned mentor was assessed and their perceptions of the
effectiveness of their mentoring experience using Scandura's (1992) three function conceptualisation were measured. The role of trust in the experience of the three
functions is highlighted. The research also reveals how trust in mentor and the experienced career development aspect of mentoring, predict trainee intention to stay
or leave their organisation. Implications for mentoring programme development and practice are suggested.
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