The organizational socialization process: Review and development of a social capital model

Ruolian Fang, Michelle K. Duffy, Jason DeFrance Shaw

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The authors selectively review the literature on newcomer socialization in organizational settings and develop a social capital model of the organizational socialization process. The model highlights the roles of (1) socialization factors (i.e., organizational socialization tactics and newcomer proactivity) in facilitating newcomer accessibility to social capital, (2) effective mobilization of social capital for newcomer adjustment and subsequent career success, and (3) organizational insiders in facilitating newcomer adjustment. An agenda for future studies on socialization, social capital, and social networks is provided.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-152
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • core-self evaluations
  • self-monitoring
  • social capital
  • social networks
  • socialization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Strategy and Management

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