Socialization Perspectives and Positive Organizational Scholarship

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

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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 (Electronic)9780199940608
ISBN (Print)9780199734610
StatePublished - Nov 21 2012


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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