Skip to main content
Socialization tactics : antecedents for goal interdependence and newcomer adjustment and retention
Journal of Vocational Behavior
  • Changhong, Serena LU, Singapore Management University, Singapore
  • Dean William TJOSVOLD, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Document Type
Journal article
Publication Date
  • Goal interdependence,
  • Newcomer adjustment,
  • Socialization tactics

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.

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc

Access to external full text or publisher's version may require subscription.

Full-text Version
Publisher’s Version
Citation Information
Lu, S. C., & Tjosvold, D. (2013). Socialization tactics: Antecedents for goal interdependence and newcomer adjustment and retention. Journal of vocational behavior, 83(3), 245-254. doi: 10.1016/j.jvb.2013.05.002