Journal of Business and Psychology

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 473–502

Age Differences in Proactive Newcomer Socialization Strategies in Two Populations


    • Department of PsychologyNorthern Illinois University
  • John T. Kulas
    • Northern Illinois University
  • Kelly D. Dages
    • Northern Illinois University

DOI: 10.1023/A:1023400201387

Cite this article as:
Finkelstein, L.M., Kulas, J.T. & Dages, K.D. Journal of Business and Psychology (2003) 17: 473. doi:10.1023/A:1023400201387


We investigated the role of age as a predictor of newcomer socialization behaviors, and documented relationships between specific strategies and subsequent role-relevant outcomes. Academic and retail newcomer populations were each surveyed over three time periods. A negative relationship was found between age and covert forms of information seeking in both samples. Further, the use of covert information seeking was related to lower subsequent levels of role clarity and job satisfaction.

newcomer socializationageproactive personality

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