Socialization Perspectives and Positive Organizational Scholarship

Blake Ashforth, Karen K. Myers, David M. Sluss

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Abstract

Research on socialization in organizational contexts has followed four relatively independent paths: socialization stage models, socialization tactics, newcomer proactivity, and socialization content (newcomer learning). We argue that these paths are actually intertwined, such that they jointly lead to newcomer adjustment (specifically, role clarity, task mastery, social acceptance, and role crafting). Although socialization research tends to assume that the process is somewhat negative-reducing uncertainty and anxiety-a positive organizational scholarship (POS) lens suggests that newcomers frequently view the process as a positive experience. Indeed, newcomers are apt to feel exhilarated and energized by the novelty and challenges of a new work setting. We examine how the process of socialization may foster not only the "conventional" outcomes of newcomer learning and adjustment, but greater psychological capital and a sense of thriving.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780199940608, 9780199734610
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 21 2012

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Socialization
Learning
Social Distance
Social Adjustment
Research
Lenses
Uncertainty
Anxiety
Economics

Keywords

  • Adjustment
  • Learning
  • Proactivity
  • Psychological capital
  • Socialization
  • Thriving

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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Ashforth, B., Myers, K. K., & Sluss, D. M. (2012). Socialization Perspectives and Positive Organizational Scholarship. In The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199734610.013.0040

Socialization Perspectives and Positive Organizational Scholarship. / Ashforth, Blake; Myers, Karen K.; Sluss, David M.

The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship. Oxford University Press, 2012.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Ashforth, B, Myers, KK & Sluss, DM 2012, Socialization Perspectives and Positive Organizational Scholarship. in The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199734610.013.0040
Ashforth B, Myers KK, Sluss DM. Socialization Perspectives and Positive Organizational Scholarship. In The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship. Oxford University Press. 2012 https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199734610.013.0040
Ashforth, Blake ; Myers, Karen K. ; Sluss, David M. / Socialization Perspectives and Positive Organizational Scholarship. The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship. Oxford University Press, 2012.
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