Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Understanding the newcomer socialization process: A phenomenological study
by Lewis, LaKeta L., Ph.D., Capella University, 2014, 149; 3617147
Abstract (Summary)

As new employees come into their new workplaces, they engage in behaviors that make it easy for them to fit in with the already-established environment. Spanning across various industries, both Federal and private sector, 10 participants indicated that they believed their childhood experiences were the source of their socialization process development. Despite previous research, this research concluded that organizational socialization tactics had no real bearing on whether or not a newcomer perceived themselves to be successful in their socialization process. Results indicated that the two most important factors of a successful socialization was that the newcomers understood their jobs, were able to reduce their level of uncertainty through asking questions and seeking feedback, and establishing relationships with their co-workers.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gull, Gregory
Commitee: Balch, David, Salmons, Janet
School: Capella University
Department: School of Business and Technology
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 75/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Business administration, Social research, Social psychology, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Newcomer, Person-organization fit, Phenomenological, Social capital model, Socialization, Uncertainty reduction theory
Publication Number: 3617147
ISBN: 978-1-303-84286-3
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