Influences on Newcomers' Adjustment Tactic Use

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Title Influences on Newcomers' Adjustment Tactic Use
Author Wilson, Marie Gee; Cooper-Thomas, Helena D.
Journal Name International Journal of Selection and Assessment
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Abstract In recent years, organizational socialization research has focused increasingly on the tactics that newcomers use to guide their own adjustment. Various subsets of adjustment tactics have been studied, with minimal rationale as to why newcomers would use different behaviors. We present a typology for newcomer adjustment tactics, comprising opportunistic, self-determined, and shared behaviors, to categorize and integrate all newcomer adjustment tactics identified to date. Next, we propose a model in which tactic use is a function of cost–benefit analyses – on performance, ego, and social dimensions – influenced by individual and contextual factors. This integrates the diverse literatures on socialization, adjustment, information seeking, feedback seeking, and coping. Integrating our initial tactics categorization and the cost–benefit model, we present a robust set of propositions that inform newcomers' perceptions and use of adjustment tactics. We conclude by presenting theoretical and practical implications for newcomer adjustment.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI
Volume 19
Issue Number 4
Page from 388
Page to 404
ISSN 1468-2389
Date Accessioned 2012-01-10; 2012-02-17T05:09:43Z
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Human Resources Management
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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