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From Past to Present and Into the Future: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Socialization Literature

Sue Ashford and Samir Nurmohamed

in The Oxford Handbook of Organizational Socialization

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199763672
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199763672.013.0002

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 From Past to Present and Into the Future: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Socialization Literature

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To navigate any universe, it helps to have a guide. This chapter takes readers on a lightning-fast journey through a nearly 40-year-old socialization literature that has generated many theoretical and empirical articles and become a core area of study in organizational behavior and human resource management. We visit the numerous theoretical perspectives and major questions (and answers) in the literature, comment on the different methodological approaches used to study socialization, and present ideas about future galaxies to be explored in subsequent research on socialization. We end our tour with our list of the “top 10” must reads in the socialization literature and some thoughts from an early explorer of this domain. We hope that our chapter provides a useful overview of research on socialization not only for individuals who are familiar with some of this work, but also for readers who are encountering it for the first time.

Keywords: socialization; proactivity; newcomers; adjustment; learning; identity; uncertainty

Article.  11742 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Social Psychology

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