Newcomer socialization in China: effects of team values and goal interdependence

Nancy Yifeng Chen*, Dean Tjosvold, Xu Huang, Da Xu

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How newcomers interact with their experienced colleagues has been thought to affect their socialization and performance. In a field study of 169 new employees, team leaders provided measures of values and newcomers rated their relationships and attitudes. Structural equation analysis results suggest that relationships and open discussion values promote socialization by developing cooperative goals and integrative interaction. Results were tentatively interpreted as suggesting that values affect socialization by altering newcomer goal interdependence and interaction with experienced team members. By embracing the values of relationships and open discussion, supplemented with cooperative goals and integrative interaction, teams can more effectively socialize newcomers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3317-3337
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2011

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

User-Defined Keywords

  • China
  • Conflict
  • Newcomer
  • Socialization
  • Team values


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