You are on mute! The relationship between virtuality, extraversion and organizational socialization
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- Master of Science 
The purpose of this study is to understand how one can incorporate virtual work in the organizational socialization that finds place when onboarding new employees, while still taking individual differences into consideration. More specifically, the aim of this study is to understand how individual differences may moderate the relationship between socialization tactics and newcomer proactive behaviors, and the variations that occur when socialization is virtual. This is important because several organizations are seeing benefits from virtual work in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and are evaluating what parts of the virtual work to bring into the post-pandemic socialization processes. Responses were gathered from 89 newly graduated students who are part of graduate or trainee programs, by a survey based cross-sectional research design. Mainly, the four factors socialization tactics, degree of extraversion, newcomer proactive behaviors and degree of virtuality were measured. The findings suggest firstly, that the relationship between socialization tactics and the proactive behavior supervisor relationship building is positively moderated by lower degrees of extraversion. While secondly, the findings indicate virtuality and general socialization are negatively related. Both of these findings suggest practical and theoretical implications in terms of how adjustment should be made during organizational socialization in terms of context and individual differences.
Masteroppgave(MSc) in Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Psychology - Handelshøyskolen BI, 2022