Journal of Business and Psychology

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 473-502

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Age Differences in Proactive Newcomer Socialization Strategies in Two Populations

  • Lisa M. FinkelsteinAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, Northern Illinois University Email author 
  • , John T. KulasAffiliated withNorthern Illinois University
  • , Kelly D. DagesAffiliated withNorthern Illinois University

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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 socialization age proactive personality