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Predicted Outcome Value of Organizational Commitment This study represents an application of predicted outcome value (POV) theory in the organizational context. The goal was to examine the extent to which newcomer POV judgments served as predictors of organizational commitment and if the three forms of newcomer socialization would lead to POV judgments that, in turn, would lead to forecasted organizational commitment. Participants included 204 adults working full time, who had been at their current job for one month or less. The findings suggest that POV is applicable to the organizational setting and an influential outcome of newcomer socialization. Keywords: Organizational Commitment; Organizational Communication; Organizational Socialization; Predicted Outcome Value Theory; Task Socialization; Workgroup Socialization The way in which organizations treat employees in the first few months sends a clear message to newcomers about what is expected of them and how well they will fit into the judgments formulated by newcomers during the initial entry phase of socialization are similar to those judgments highlighted by predicted outcome value (POV). The application of POV in the workplace would suggest that socialization messages are the ‘‘initial interactions’’ about which Sunnafrank (1986) theorized. Therefore, it is Paul E. Madlock is a doctoral student in the Department of Communication Studies at West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. Sean M. Horan is a doctoral student in the Department of Communication Studies at West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. Correspondence : Paul E. Madlock, Department of Communication Studies, West Virginia University, P.O. Box 629, Morgantown, WV 26505; E-mail: pmadlock@mix.wvu.edu. A prior version of this article received the Top Paper award at the Eastern Commu- nication Association (ECA) annual conference in Pittsburgh, in 2008, for the Interpersonal Communication Division. We thank the reviewers and Tim Levine for their suggestions and guidance through the revision process. We also thank Patrice Buzzanell for her guidance. Communication Research Reports Vol. 26, No. 1, February 2009, pp. 40–49 ISSN 0882-4096 (print)/ISSN 1746-4099 (online) # 2009 Eastern Communication Association DOI: 10.1080/08824090802637023
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reasoned that newcomers should formulate POV judgments (positive or negative) during the early stages of socialization, and such judgments are likely to influence the probability of future interactions. In this study, future interactions within the organization are considered to be a reflection of organizational commitment. This project extends POV theory to the organizational context by examining
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