Memorable messages and newcomer socialization Academic Article uri icon


  • A discursive approach to socialization focuses our attention on the way discourse organizes the individual-organizational relationship. The present study employs the concept of memorable messages as a way for exploring the discourse associated with organizational entry. Three results emerged from the data: (1) the discourse associated with the socialization of newcomers emphasizes simultaneously fitting into existing organizational patterns while developing individual abilities; (2) informal face-to-face communication is important when constructing individual-organizational relationships; and (3) there is a positive bias in the socialization discourse associated with organizational entry. Implications for future research in organizational entry from a discursive approach are highlighted. 2004 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

published proceedings

  • Western Journal of Communication

author list (cited authors)

  • Barge, J. K., & Schlueter, D. W.

citation count

  • 64

complete list of authors

  • Barge, J Kevin||Schlueter, David W

publication date

  • January 2004