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The role of social socialization tactics in the relationship between socialization content and newcomers’ affective commitment Maria Simosi Product & Systems Design Engineering Department, University of the Aegean, Syros, Greece Abstract Purpose – The aim of this paper is to explore the role of social socialization tactics on the relationship between task- and organization-related information (socialization content) and newcomers’ affective commitment to their work organization. Design/methodology/approach – A total of 280 new hires in a Greek service company participated in a survey. Moderated regression analyses were conducted to test research hypotheses. Findings – The results supported the role of investiture-divestiture tactics as a moderator in the relationship between newcomers’ task-related information acquisition and organizational affective commitment. In addition, serial-disjunctive tactics were found to moderate the relationship between organization-related information acquisition and newcomers’ affective commitment. The study also demonstrated that both task-related and organization-related information acquisition are important to the development of newcomers’ affective commitment at the early stages of the socialization process. Research limitations/implications – Owing to the cross-sectional design of the research, causality cannot be drawn. Practical implications – The knowledge of whether, and the extent to which, particular socialization tactics and content areas contribute to newcomers’ adjustment would provide organizations a competitive advantage by incorporating them into their socialization programs. Originality/value – Provision of feedback affirming newcomers’ personal characteristics as well as assignment of established role models were found to provide the framework within which the acquisition of task and organization-related information respectively are related to new hires’ affective commitment towards their work organization. Keywords Socialization,Employees,Socialenvironment,Job satisfaction,Organizationalculture, Greece Paper type Research paper Introduction Organizational socialization is of pivotal importance to organizations and newcomers alike, especially nowadays due to the increasing degree of employee mobility. Successful socialization refers to newcomers’ adjustment to their work environment as well as alignment of their efforts to organizational goals (Baker and Feldman, 1990). Commitment to the organization has been considered to be a major hallmark of successful adjustment. Although socialization is an ongoing process, socialization of new hires has traditionally received more attention due to the intensity of adjustment The current issue and full text archive of this journal is available at www.emeraldinsight.com/0268-3946.htm The role of socialization tactics 301 Received June 2008 Revised December 2008 January 2009 Accepted January 2009 Journal of Managerial Psychology Vol. 25 No. 3, 2010 pp. 301-327 q Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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