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date: 18 May 2021

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The interaction between newcomers and more experienced members of the organization is assumed to be a main contributor to newcomers’ success in their transition into an organization. Previous studies have, however, mainly examined newcomers’ interactions with formal organizational members, such as supervisors and coworkers, and little is known about how the characteristics of the newcomers’ social networks might contribute to their socialization over time. The social network approach is a framework that provides a theoretical and methodological background to better understand the role of social environment in organizational socialization. This chapter will introduce a theoretical framework for understanding how the structural and relational characteristics of newcomers’ networks are related to their learning, sensemaking, success in the organization, and adjustment to work. Moreover, the role of newcomers’ learning, success in the organization, and related organizational feedback will be discussed as the antecedents of their evolving networks in the organization.

Keywords: social networks, socialization, newcomers, new employees, job performance

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