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ERIC Number: ED542120
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
How Newcomers Learn the Social Norms of an Organization: A Case Study of the Socialization of Newly Hired Engineers. Research Brief
Korte, Russel
Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education (NJ1)
Current scholarship views organizational socialization as a learning process that is primarily the responsibility of the newcomer. Yet recent learning research recognizes the importance of the social interactions in the learning process. This study investigated how newly hired engineers at a large manufacturing company learned job-related tasks and the social norms of the organization. Enhancing the socialization of newcomers into an organization is an important strategy for developing human resources. This study found that relationships mediated the quality of working and learning among workers in a group; therefore, it seems appropriate that managers and coworkers attend to the relationship structures found in work groups as critical contextual factors that affect learning and work organizations.
Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education. Available from: University of Washington. Box 352183, Seattle, WA 98195. Fax: 206-221-3161; e-mail: celtad@engr.; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: University of Washington, Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education (CAEE)