December 16, 2021

3:00 p.m. ET

This event is for invited researchers only.

Scholar presenter:

Constantinos Coutifaris, University of Pennsylvania

Seed generators:

Emily Heaphy, University of Massachusetts
Francesca Gino, Harvard Business School


The Early Bird Conveys the Culture: The Effects of Preboarding Practices on Newcomer Socialization and Performance

Talk description:

There has been a long-standing debate on whether the period before newcomers join their organizations is integral to their socialization process. In this research, I introduce the prelude stage—the time period between accepting a job offer and joining the organization—as a unique beginning during which organizations and managers can leave cultural imprints on newcomers and enhance their job performance through using preboarding practices. In a field study and field experiment, I investigate the effects of naturally-occurring and experimentally-induced preboarding practices—relative to onboarding practices and realistic job previews—on newcomers’ cultural learning, cultural adaptation, commitment, and performance.

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