Managing organizational entry in China: the roles of newcomer–supervisor exchange, incumbent support, and perceived insider status

Zhanying Ou, Jie Wang, Tingting Chen

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    Abstract

    The socialization literature has long recognized the important role of perceived insider status in facilitating newcomer adjustment, but knowledge on how to cultivate this desirable psychological state is limited. This study examines newcomer–supervisor exchange as an antecedent of perceived insider status of newcomers, which in turn facilitates their social adjustment and task mastery during organizational entry. We also explore incumbent support as a boundary condition for these effects. We conducted a survey study on 320 new employees and 92 supervisors in China. This study revealed that newcomer–supervisor exchange was related positively to newcomers’ perceived insider status, and perceived insider status mediated the positive relationships of newcomer–supervisor exchange with social adjustment and task mastery. In addition, incumbent support moderated the positive relationship between newcomer–supervisor exchange and perceived insider status, as well as the positive mediated relationships of newcomer–supervisor exchange with social adjustment and task mastery through perceived insider status. Specifically, these relationships were weaker when incumbent support was higher. Theoretical and practical implications were discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)485-509
    Number of pages25
    JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
    Volume29
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Feb 2018

    Keywords

    • incumbent support
    • newcomer–supervisor exchange
    • Perceived insider status
    • social adjustment
    • task mastery

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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