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Daniel Townsend

First Name: Daniel
Surname: Townsend
Department Dept of Marketing and Management
Supervisor(s): Doctor Denise Jepsen , Associate Professor Peter McGraw

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Paper Title

The impact of organisational socialisation practices on the proactive behaviours of newcomers.


The purpose of the current study will be to determine the impact of organisation socialisation practices on newcomers. The study will aim to address the current gaps within the literature.


The study will integrate different perspectives within the management, sociology and psychology literature through applying mixed method research.

Key literature/theoretical perspective

The study uses a framework based on literature from the organisational socialisation, organisational psychology and human resources management perspectives.


The quantitative study, which is part of a larger research project, involves the analysis of data from two surveys.


Preliminary findings from interviews conducted with staff from four Sydney Universities have provided evidence to give support for research propositions and the theoretical framework.

Research limitations/implications

The expected limitations of the study will be that it only involves Australian organisations allowing for future research with larger or international samples to increase generalisability.

Practical and Social implications

Understanding of the socialisation processes will benefit organisations through meeting employee needs and facilitating their adjustment to new roles, and improving early productivity.


Induction, On-boarding, Socialisation