ERIC Number: ED355560
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Nov-1
Reference Count: N/A
Socialization by Way of Symbolic Interactionism and Culture Theory: A Communication Perspective.
Hartley, Karen C.
While not presuming to present a model of organizational socialization that is complete and totally accurate, this paper examines organizational socialization in a new way through the lenses of symbolic interactionism and culture theory. The first section of the paper describes the basic tenets of symbolic interactionism and how these have been applied to organizational studies. The second section of the paper outlines culture theory and describes how it has been used as a theoretical, but not practical, base for socialization. The third section looks at the variables and outcomes of socialization, and how these can be seen in a new light through symbolic interactionism and culture theory. The final section proposes a model of the interaction between these three theoretical areas, suggests directions for further research, and proposes nine communication research questions which could be investigated. A figure presenting a model of the socialization of managers and three tables listing the components of culture, kinds of socialization, and outcomes of socialization are included. (Contains 99 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Culture Theory; Organizational Culture; Research Suggestions; Symbolic Interactionism
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (78th, Chicago, IL, October 29-November 1, 1992).