The way you make me feel and behave: Supervisor-triggered newcomer affect and approach-avoidance behavior

Sushil Nifadkar, Anne S. Tsui, Blake Ashforth

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Abstract

We examine how supervisor-triggered newcomer affect may link supervisor behaviors with newcomer adjustment and performance. Using emotion as feedback system theory and the approach-avoidance framework, we investigate the influence of newcomers' accumulated supervisor-directed affect on their outcomes. We develop scales to measure the proposed construct, supervisor-triggered newcomer affect, using multicompany samples and test the hypothesized model using longitudinal, multisource data from an Indian information technology company. Results indicate that supervisor- triggered newcomer affect plays an important role in the process of newcomer adjustment. This study contributes to research on newcomer adjustment and the longer-term role of target-specific affect in the context of supervisor-subordinate relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1146-1168
Number of pages23
JournalAcademy of Management Journal
Volume55
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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