Monday, June 23, 2014

Stages of Organizational Socialization

In the last byte, we looked at how hiring and firing decisions by leaders indicate their belief in culture. Beginning this byte, we start our discussion on Organizational Socialization.
Organizational Socialization refers to the process by which newcomers are transformed from outsiders to participating, effective members of the organization.
The beginning of cultural socialization is a careful selection of the newcomers - and the reinforcement of the organizational culture through it. Once selected, the newcomers pass through the socialization process.
The organizational socialization process could be thought to have three stages:
  1. Anticipatory Socialization
  2. Encounter
  3. Change and acquisition
The following diagram shows these stages pictorially:

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