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Recent immigrant newcomers’ socialization in the workplace: Roles of organizational socialization tactics and newcomer strategies

Amina Malik (School of Business, Trent University, Oshawa, Canada)
Laxmikant Manroop (College of Business, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA)

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

ISSN: 2040-7149

Article publication date: 19 June 2017

Abstract

Purpose

Despite the increase of recent immigrant newcomers (RINs) into the workforce over the past few years, many employers still face the challenge of successfully integrating RINs into the workplace. To this end, the purpose of this paper is to propose customized socialization tactics for RINs and highlight the role of RINs’ adjustment strategies in order to facilitate their workplace adjustment.

Design/methodology/approach

Drawing on immigrants, socialization, and diversity literatures, the paper develops a conceptual model of the socialization process for RINs and advances propositions to be empirically tested.

Findings

The paper proposes that customized socialization tactics by organizations and adjustment strategies by RINs would facilitate RINs’ socialization process by increasing their social integration and role performance, the factors which would ultimately help in their workplace adjustment.

Research limitations/implications

The proposed customized socialization tactics add to the extant socialization literature by highlighting the crucial role firms can play in RINs’ socialization process. Additionally, the paper highlights an important role of RINs in their own socialization process.

Practical implications

Organizations need to employ new, different socialization tactics to help integrate RINs in the workplace. RINs may find the research outcomes useful in acknowledging their own role for successful workplace integration.

Originality/value

This paper presents a new way of looking at organizational socialization tactics for RINs while highlighting a role of RINs themselves, and concludes by discussing theoretical, practical, and societal implications for organizations employing RINs.

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Citation

Malik, A. and Manroop, L. (2017), "Recent immigrant newcomers’ socialization in the workplace: Roles of organizational socialization tactics and newcomer strategies", Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Vol. 36 No. 5, pp. 382-400. https://doi.org/10.1108/EDI-11-2016-0083

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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