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ERIC Number: EJ858401
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1044-8004
How Newcomers Learn the Social Norms of an Organization: A Case Study of the Socialization of Newly Hired Engineers
Korte, Russell F.
Human Resource Development Quarterly, v20 n3 p285-306 Fall 2009
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. From the perspective of social exchange theory, two major findings emerged from the data: (1) relationship building was the primary driver of socialization, and (2) the work group was the primary context for socialization. These findings challenge the current views of organizational socialization by accentuating the relational processes that mediate learning during socialization. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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