The Role of Organizational Insiders’ Developmental Feedback and Proactive Personality on Newcomers’ Performance: An Interactionist Perspective

Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol. 96, No. 6, pp. 1317-1327, 2011

12 Pages Posted: 25 Jan 2012

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Ning Li

Texas A&M University - Department of Management

Brad Harris

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Texas A&M University

Wendy R. Boswell

Texas A&M University - Department of Management

Date Written: April 19, 2011

Abstract

Drawing from an interactionist approach and feedback research, we examine the role of developmental feedback and proactive personality on newcomer task performance and helping behavior. Data were collected from 2 high-tech joint-ventures within the information technology and manufacturing industries located in Shanghai, China. Results based on 151 newcomer-manager dyads showed that supervisor developmental feedback (SDF) positively related to newcomer helping behavior and that SDF and coworker developmental feedback interactively predicted newcomer task performance. We also found differential moderating effects of proactive personality: SDF more strongly related to helping behavior when proactive personality was lower; conversely, coworker developmental feedback more strongly related to helping behavior when proactive personality was higher.

Keywords: socialization, developmental feedback, proactive personality, performance

Suggested Citation

Li, Ning and Harris, Thomas B and Boswell, Wendy R., The Role of Organizational Insiders’ Developmental Feedback and Proactive Personality on Newcomers’ Performance: An Interactionist Perspective (April 19, 2011). Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol. 96, No. 6, pp. 1317-1327, 2011 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1991920

Ning Li (Contact Author)

Texas A&M University - Department of Management ( email )

430 Wehner
College Station, TX 77843-4218
United States

Thomas B Harris

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ( email )

School of Labor and Employment Relations
504 East Armory Avenue
Champaign, IL 61820-6297
United States

Texas A&M University ( email )

Mays Business School
Department of Management
College Station, TX 77843-4353
United States

Wendy R. Boswell

Texas A&M University - Department of Management ( email )

430 Wehner
College Station, TX 77843-4218
United States

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