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Journal articles (2012), Journal of Vocational Behavior, 81 (2), pp. 199-208

The search for meaning in (new) work: Task significance and newcomer plasticity

SLUSS David , Ashforth Blake E., Gibson Kerry R.

Using temporally-lagged data from 146 business and engineering newcomers, we found evidence for a “positive side” of plasticity theory (Brockner, 1988, p. 547) in fostering newcomer adjustment. Specifically, as predicted, we found that higher newcomer generalized self-efficacy positively moderates the association between job design (i.e., task significance of the newcomer's job) and newcomer attitudes (in our study, organizational identification, job satisfaction, intentions to quit). Our findings promote plasticity theory as readily applicable to both newcomer adjustment and positive organizational scholarship. Link to the article

SLUSS, D., ASHFORTH, B.E. and GIBSON, K.R. (2012). The search for meaning in (new) work: Task significance and newcomer plasticity. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 81(2), pp. 199-208.