Socialization tactics : antecedents for goal interdependence and newcomer adjustment and retention

Changhong, Serena LU, Dean TJOSVOLD

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This study argues that Deutsch's theory of goal interdependence is useful to examine the dynamics of serial and investiture tactics on newcomer adjustment and retention in work team contexts. Structural equation results of interviews of specific incidents collected from one hundred and two newcomers support the hypothesized model that serial and investiture tactics used by teams promote cooperative goal interdependence and weaken competitive goal interdependence and independent goal relationship between newcomers and their teams. Cooperative goals were also found to promote positive attitudes and strong co-worker relationships whereas competitive and independent goals resulted in intentions to quit and low levels of organizational commitment and job satisfaction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-254
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Issue number3
Early online date19 May 2013
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013


  • Goal interdependence
  • Newcomer adjustment
  • Socialization tactics


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