An examination of African Americans' access to public accounting mentors: Perceived barriers and intentions to leave

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Abstract

This paper reviews prior research on diversified mentoring relationships and formulates predictions regarding African Americans' access to public accounting mentors. Empirical analysis is based on responses from 116 African-American public accounting employees, compared to 756 Caucasian responses from a prior study. Statistical results indicate that African-American public accounting employees are less likely to obtain an informal mentor and perceive greater barriers to obtaining mentors. For two mentoring functions (protection and assistance, and social support), African-American respondents reported lower levels of support, compared to Caucasian respondents. Also, African-American respondents indicated stronger intentions to leave public accounting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)541-561
Number of pages21
JournalAccounting, Organizations and Society
Volume26
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2001

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