What is it about?

The existing socialization tactics literature has focused on how organizations “process” newcomers in order to manage adjustment and innovation. However, the assumption that organizations have control during organizational entry has been challenged by proactivity research showing that employees also can play an important role in the organizational entry process, seeking information and networking with insiders in order to fit with the norms and culture. Thus, the “people processing” and the “proactivity” perspectives offer important, complementary perspectives on what goes on during organizational entry. One goal of our paper is to bring these complementary perspectives together in single study.

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Why is it important?

We examine the extent to which employees’ proactivity heightens or dampens the relationship between firms’ socialization tactics and employees’ P-O fit, and it is valuable to cross-validate the effects of socialization tactics on P-O fit in a different country culture.


I hope this article helps scholars start to think of how the interactive processes between organizational socialization tactics and newcomers' proactive behaviors affect newcomers' outcomes.

Philips Chair in Management Tae-Yeol Kim
China Europe International Business School

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This page is a summary of: Socialization Tactics, Employee Proactivity, and Person-Organization Fit., Journal of Applied Psychology, January 2005, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/0021-9010.90.2.232.
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