ISSN 0439-755X
CN 11-1911/B

›› 2007, Vol. 39 ›› Issue (06): 1102-1110.

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Construct Dimension of the Employee’s Content of Organizational Socialization in China

Zhao Guoxiang,Wang Minghui,Ling Wenquan


  1. Institute of Psychology and Behavior, Henan University, Kaifeng 475000, China
  • Received:2006-06-02 Revised:1900-01-01 Published:2007-11-30 Online:2007-11-30
  • Contact: Wang Minghui

Abstract: Organizational socialization is a learning process by which an individual adjusts the attitudes, behaviors he or she needs to participate as an organizational member, and it has become one of the critical issues in the fields of organizational behavior and human resource management.
The methods used in this study involved literature review, interview, pilot study and survey. Based on the literature review, interview and pilot study, items for Organizational Socialization Content Questionnaire were developed. The survey data was collected from managers and employees of 22 companies which were different kinds and from different districts of China. The survey data was mainly analyzed with correlation analysis, exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA).
The results show that organizational socialization content of Chinese employees is a four-dimension construct, comprising organizational culture, job competency, interpersonal relationship and organizational politics. Organizational Socialization Content Questionnaire has high validity and reliability. That is to say, the four-dimension construct can reflect the contents which Chinese employees should learn in the process of organizational socialization. At the same time, the results are different from those results generated in western countries. The construct, content and nomination of organizational socialization and the differences compared to western studies are discussed.
Finally, future research orientations are discussed, especially the antecedents and consequences of organizational socialization content should be studied deeply.

Key words: socialization, organizational socialization, content of organizational socialization

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