Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph. D.

Department (Legacy)

College of Education and Human Development

Committee Chair

Reio, Thomas George, Jr.

Author's Keywords

Mentoring; Men; Job satisfaction; Organizational commitment; African-American


African American men--Employment; African American men--Attitudes; Mentoring in business; Job satisfaction


This dissertation is a correlational designed study that examined the strength and direction of the relationship between mentoring, job satisfaction, and organizational commitment, of African American men, exclusively in a business setting (N = 364), who were members of the National Black Masters of Business Administration Association (NBMBAA). Approximately 56% of the respondents were affiliated with the association. Participants completed a web-based survey via Zoomerang™, which included Mowday, Steers, and Porter's (1979) Organizational Commitment Scale and Spector's (1988) Job Satisfaction Scale, and employed Dillman's (2000) online survey protocol. This study used hierarchical multiple regression and mediational analysis to analyze the data. The hierarchical multiple regression analysis indicated that mentoring is a significant predictor of job satisfaction and a significant predictor of organizational commitment. The mediational analysis indicated that job satisfaction is a significant predictor of organizational commitment. Therefore, the results indicate that mentoring works through job satisfaction as a predictor of organizational commitment.