Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Female Managers' Perceptions of Developing a Mentoring Program: A Phenomenological Study
by Witherspoon, Naomi, Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University, 2014, 152; 3708743
Abstract (Summary)

Despite the increased rate of women in the workplace and more women acquiring advance degrees, there are still barriers in the workplace that hinders the advancement of women. The focus of this qualitative study was first to understand the perceptions and beliefs of six female managers' experiences during the developmental process of an all-female mentoring program. The second focus was to provide information on the importance of mentoring in the development and advancement of women in the workplace. Utilizing a phenomenological methodology, a descriptive approach was employed to examine and describe the thought processes and subjective views of the participants' role, understanding, and expectation of the program development.

The purpose of this applied dissertation was to examine and describe from the participants' perspectives the factors that hindered the successful development of the mentoring program. Based on the analysis of the data collected from the semi-structured interviews, four themes emerged: (a) purpose for mentoring program development, (b) perception of barriers to mentoring program development, (c) perception of management role in program development, and (d) perception of program outcome.

The data collected as a result of this study revealed five findings: (a) mentoring programs are an important human resource intervention, (b) the lack of top management support and commitment adversely affected the successful development of the mentoring program, (c) the successful development of a mentoring program requires the clear establishment of the program goals and objectives, (d) research does not fully support the findings that women in senior positions will advocate for women in lower ranking positions, and (e) the top management role is an essential component in the continued success of mentoring programs. This study offers insight into female managers' perceptions of the barriers that affect mentoring program development and insight into the development of successful mentoring program.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gaughan, Linda
Commitee: Bowser, Karen
School: Nova Southeastern University
Department: Abraham S Fischler School of Education
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 76/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Management, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Mentoring and leadership, Mentoring and organizational development, Mentoring in the workplace, Mentoring program development, Mentoring women, Women career development
Publication Number: 3708743
ISBN: 9781321841695
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