Socialization Tactics, Employee Proactivity, and Person-Organization Fit

Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol. 90, No. 2, 232–241, 2005

11 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2015 Last revised: 17 Sep 2015

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Tae-Yeol Kim

China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)

Daniel M. Cable

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Kenan-Flagler Business School

Sang-Pyo Kim

Gyeongsang National University

Date Written: April 1, 2005

Abstract

This study examined the linkage between organizational socialization tactics and person-organization (P-O) fit and examined the moderating influence of employees’ proactivity behaviors. Results from a sample of 279 employee-supervisor pairs from 7 organizations in South Korea revealed a positive relationship between institutionalized socialization tactics and P-O fit perceptions. However, the association between firms’ socialization tactics and P-O fit was facilitated or negated by several proactive behaviors that employees used to gain control over their environment. For example, employees’ positive framing harmonized with institutional tactics to create higher P-O fit, whereas employees who proactively developed strong relationships with their supervisors essentially replaced institutionalized socialization tactics.

Suggested Citation

Kim, Tae-Yeol and Cable, Daniel M. and Kim, Sang-Pyo, Socialization Tactics, Employee Proactivity, and Person-Organization Fit (April 1, 2005). Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol. 90, No. 2, 232–241, 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2633077

Tae-Yeol Kim (Contact Author)

China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) ( email )

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Daniel M. Cable

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Kenan-Flagler Business School ( email )

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Sang-Pyo Kim

Gyeongsang National University

Chinju City, South Kyongsang
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

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