Becoming: The interaction of socialization and identity in organizations over time

Blake Ashforth, Spencer H. Harrison, David M. Sluss

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Abstract

This chapter describes two major literatures in organization studies - identity and socialization - that is inherently processual and yet lack a clear articulation of the temporal dynamics involved. It also focuses on the interaction of socialization and identity in organizations over time to develop a more coherent theoretical model of the process of becoming - the dynamics through which newcomers gain a situated sense of self. Socialization dovetails with these processes through sensebreaking and sensegiving. The myriad of major and minor events associated with institutionalized socialization and newcomer pro-activity, coupled with the organization’s efforts at sensebreaking and sensegiving, provide a great deal of information for newcomers to process. Sensemaking refers to the transformation of this information into meaning, into a cognitive framework that confers structure and coherence. A major outcome of sensebreaking-sensegiving-sensemaking is a situated identity, a knowledge of who one is or is becoming in the organizational context.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCurrent Issues in Work and Organizational Psychology
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages316-339
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9780429887321
ISBN (Print)9781138604940
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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    Ashforth, B., Harrison, S. H., & Sluss, D. M. (2018). Becoming: The interaction of socialization and identity in organizations over time. In Current Issues in Work and Organizational Psychology (pp. 316-339). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429468339