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|Title:||Staff induction practices and organizational socialization: A review and extension of the debate|
|Author(s):||Elena P. Antonacopoulou, (GNOSIS, University of Liverpool Management School, Liverpool, UK), Wolfgang H. Güttel, (Institute of Human Resource and Change Management, Johannes Kepler-University Linz, Linz, Austria)|
|Citation:||Elena P. Antonacopoulou, Wolfgang H. Güttel, (2010) "Staff induction practices and organizational socialization: A review and extension of the debate", Society and Business Review, Vol. 5 Iss: 1, pp.22 - 47|
|Keywords:||Induction, Organizational culture, Socialization|
|Article type:||Conceptual paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/17465681011017246 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Acknowledgements:||The authors would like to acknowledge the Financial Support received by the UK Research Funding Councils – ESRC/EPSRC Advanced Institute of Management Research, as part of the AIM International Project “Practice and practising: a comparison across organizations, industries and countries” under Grant No. RES-331-25-0024 led by Professor Elena P. Antonacopoulou. The authors would also like to acknowledge Yvon Pesqueux and Stefan Konlechner for feedback to earlier versions of this paper and Swetketu Patnaik, PhD candidate at the University of Liverpool for research assistance in collecting some of the papers used in compiling the initial literature review.|
Purpose – Socialization is one of the fundamental processes that define how collectivities emerge. Socialization underpins the social structures that shape not only how social actors interact in community but also the boundaries of action and the rules of engagement. In the context of organizations, socialization is a process that significantly shapes organization in the way core practices shape how things are done and why they are done in particular ways. This emphasis on consistency within and between practices is seen to be greatly facilitated by specific practices like staff induction. The purpose of this paper is to review the current conceptual and empirical research on staff induction as a process of organizational socialization and outlines some of the areas for future research particularly if a social practice perspective is adopted.
Design/methodology/approach – The paper presents a systematic review of the relevant literature on organizational socialization and staff induction and outlines themes to which the debate can usefully be extended.
Findings – This paper focuses on how staff induction practices provide valuable insights about how social agents (especially newcomers) get socialized in organizations.
Research limitations/implications – This paper provides a foundation for the various staff induction practices that other papers in this issue will be presenting. By outlining the current debate and insights from previous empirical research on staff induction, the objective is to extend the debate by outlining some new avenues for research that papers in the special issue both respond to and further explicate.
Originality/value – This paper explores staff induction and organizational socialization as a practice that can provide new insights into the dynamics of social interaction within organizations.
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