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Organizational socialization, organizational identification and organizational citizenship behavior An empirical research of Chinese high‐tech manufacturing enterprises

Organizational socialization, organizational identification and organizational citizenship... Purpose – This paper aims to: provide theoretical analysis and empirical study on the relationship between organizational socialization and organizational citizenship behavior (OCB); analyze the mediating role of organizational identification in their relationship; and draw from both of these to suggest practical implications to organizations aiming to effectively socialize employees, and for employees themselves. Design/methodology/approach – First, the paper reviews the literature regarding organizational socialization, OCB and organizational identification. Second, it develops a theoretical model linking organizational socialization, organizational identification and OCB, and then proposes a series of research hypotheses. Third, drawing on samples of seven high‐tech manufacturing enterprises in China, it tests hypotheses based on a series of measurement and statistical analysis. Findings – Organizational history, language, values and goals socialization are positively related to OCB and organizational identification. Further, organizational identification fully mediates the relationship between language, values and goals socialization and OCB, and partially mediates the relationship between history socialization and OCB. Research limitations/implications – The cross‐sectional design prevented the making of causal statements. Data are from employees' self‐report, giving rise to concern about possible common source bias. Originality/value – The paper explores the relationships between organizational socialization and OCB, and proposes and tests the mediating role of organizational identification. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nankai Business Review International Emerald Publishing

Organizational socialization, organizational identification and organizational citizenship behavior An empirical research of Chinese high‐tech manufacturing enterprises

Nankai Business Review International , Volume 1 (2): 14 – Jun 4, 2010

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Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2010 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
2040-8749
DOI
10.1108/20408741011052573
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Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to: provide theoretical analysis and empirical study on the relationship between organizational socialization and organizational citizenship behavior (OCB); analyze the mediating role of organizational identification in their relationship; and draw from both of these to suggest practical implications to organizations aiming to effectively socialize employees, and for employees themselves. Design/methodology/approach – First, the paper reviews the literature regarding organizational socialization, OCB and organizational identification. Second, it develops a theoretical model linking organizational socialization, organizational identification and OCB, and then proposes a series of research hypotheses. Third, drawing on samples of seven high‐tech manufacturing enterprises in China, it tests hypotheses based on a series of measurement and statistical analysis. Findings – Organizational history, language, values and goals socialization are positively related to OCB and organizational identification. Further, organizational identification fully mediates the relationship between language, values and goals socialization and OCB, and partially mediates the relationship between history socialization and OCB. Research limitations/implications – The cross‐sectional design prevented the making of causal statements. Data are from employees' self‐report, giving rise to concern about possible common source bias. Originality/value – The paper explores the relationships between organizational socialization and OCB, and proposes and tests the mediating role of organizational identification.

Journal

Nankai Business Review InternationalEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 4, 2010

Keywords: Socialization; Citizenship; Organizational behaviour; China

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