Socialization tactics, proactive behavior, and newcomer learning: Integrating socialization models

Blake Ashforth, David M. Sluss, Alan M. Saks

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The purpose of the study was to examine how socialization processes (socialization tactics and proactive behavior) jointly affect socialization content (i.e., what newcomers learn) and adjustment. Longitudinal survey data from 150 business and engineering graduates during their first 7 months of work indicate that: (1) institutionalized socialization and proactive behavior are each associated with newcomer learning, (2) the socialization processes and learning are each associated with various forms of adjustment, and (3) the socialization processes are associated with adjustment, while controlling for learning. These findings suggest that how newcomers are socialized has substantive and symbolic value over and above what they actually learn.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)447-462
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2007


  • Learning
  • Newcomer proactivity
  • Newcomers
  • Organizational socialization
  • Socialization tactics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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