Date of Award
Dissertation - Rollins Access Only
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Dr. Craig McAllaster
Dr. Tim Ozcan
This quantitative study examined the impact and influence of the different types of mentoring (formal and informal) among executive women. This study also included an investigation into whether African American executive women experience less access to informal mentoring than White executive women.
The research investigation was accomplished by reviewing current literature, providing a theoretical lens for conducting the investigation, evaluating some of the contributing factors, and studying key themes that might influence job advancement among executive women. A survey questionnaire tested the hypotheses and respondents included 361 executive women.
Results of a t-test in this study revealed that executive women reported they received greater assistance in job advancement from informal mentors than they did from formal ones. Results of Chi-square on whether African American executive women experience less access to informal mentoring than White executive women was not significant; however, only 61.7% of African American women executives compared to 70.3% of White executive women had access to informal mentoring.
Additional analyses on a subgroup of respondents, those 21-39 years of age and employed at their organization for five years or less, were performed.
The results of this study add to the current knowledge concerning the impact of mentoring on job advancement among executive women. Additionally, this research study adds to the limited existing knowledge about African American executive women.
Hopkins, Paula, "Impact and Influence: The Effect of Mentorship on Job Advancement Among Executive Women" (2018). Dissertations from the Executive Doctorate in Business Administration Program. 20.