Nature of the socialization of information systems professionals


The study of socialization and its practice has only recently been applied to organizations to investigate the manner in which new employees adjust to corporate culture. Past studies have examined the nature of human resource development from an individual perspective. Research in socialization practices represents an organizational approach towards understanding the manner in which new employees adjust to their roles. This study examines the nature of socialization practices among information systems (IS) professionals. One hundred sixty newly-hired IS personnel in five different cities were surveyed to examine the presence of different organizational socialization tactics. The study confirmed that Van Maanen & Schein's set of socialization tactics is applicable to IS employees. Specifically, systems programmers and applications developers reported the use of institutionalized tactics. Formal socialization tactics were also more visible in larger organizations.

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Proceedings - Annual Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute