Converging Newcomer's Relational and Collective Identifications: Prototypicality as Moderator



Recent theory proposes that relational identification converges with collective identification. Convergence is argued to strengthen when the relational target promotes prototypical values of the collective. We test this proposition using temporally-lagged data from newcomers (n = 1101) while controlling for baseline levels of collective identification. The newcomer's relational identification with the supervisory relationship converges with the newcomer's organizational and role identifications, but only when the supervisor promotes prototypical values of the collective. Our findings suggest that: (1) multiple identifications may be more mutually reinforcing than mutually exclusive and (2) newcomer adjustment is more relational than previously assumed in the extant research.
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Dicea Jansen