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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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Abstract

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.

Item Type:Working Paper (No. 01-07)
Refereed:No
Uncontrolled Keywords:Trust; Mentoring; Intention to Stay; Trainee Lawyers;
Subjects:Business > Management
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > DCU Business School
Research Initiatives and Centres > LInK: The Learning, Innovation and Knowledge Research Centre > LInK Working Paper Series
Publisher:The Learning, Innovation and Knowledge Research Centre, Dublin City University
Copyright Information:© 2007, LInK, Finian Buckley and Colleen Farrell
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:2419
Deposited On:19 Feb 2009 14:28 by DORAS Administrator. Last Modified 19 Feb 2009 14:28

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