Socialization / Assimilation in Organizations
Explanation of Theory:
The Organizational Assimilation
Theory attempts to explain how individuals new to an organization (newcomers) assimilate into the organization by using communication.
Jablin describes three stages that occur as one enters an organization as Anticipatory Socialization, the Encounter Stage,
and Metamorphosis. An individual's socialization into an organization determines his/her success within the organization.
Theorist: Fred Jablin
Jablin, F.M. (1982). Organizational
communication: An assimilation approach. In M.E. Roloff & C.R. Berger (Eds.), Social cognition and communication,
As with most Systems Based theories, Organization
Assimilation theory has its feet planted firmly on both sides of the fence which separates both the scientific and the humanistic
qualities that help us to define theory.
On ontology, Organizational
Assimilation theory does credit the individual with the free will to choose to assimilate or not. Of course, other factors,
such as quality of training may effect one's ability to assimilate/socialize into an organization as well.
Assimilation theory states that all people either will or will not assimilate into an organization (scientific, universal
Truth answer), it also states that the individual may effect an organization as much as the organization effects the individual.
This epistemological assumption is broad and vague, but may lean more to the humanistic side of things for those very reasons.
The axiology of this
theory is clearly value-conscious. We cannot deny that one's values will enhance or inhibit one's socialization, and
there is no room for neutrality when Jablin describes this system-like theory.