School of Psychological Science

Postgraduate Profiles


Jane Chong


Start date

Feb 2016

Submission date

Feb 2020

Jane Chong


The Role of Organisational Socialisation on Retention & Well-Being: A Motivational Perspective


Do the first days on the job really matter? Empirical research to date suggests yes, effective socialisation plays an important role in shaping newcomers’ transformation into participating and effective insiders. Organisational socialisation is typically conceptualised as the process through which individuals gain the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviours necessary to adopt to a new work role. Models currently embedded in the literature focus largely on uncertainty reduction, such as through role clarity, self-efficacy and social acceptance to explain how newcomers adjust. However, from a motivational perspective, one can undergo an organisation’s orientation and training to fully understand what is needed to be done for a role, yet not see or internalise the value of it. A vast amount of research has shown the importance of autonomous motivation in the maintenance of behaviour and well-being of individuals. Accordingly, using Self-Determination Theory (SDT; Deci & Ryan, 1985), my PhD aims to provide arguments for using a motivational framework to understand successful socialisation.

Why my research is important

My work is ultimately concerned with distinguishing the effects of different newcomer experiences on outcomes such as motivation, retention and well-being. It contributes to the field's understanding of the socialisation process through an arguably overlooked perspective- motivation. From a practical standpoint, this piece of research will hopefully be used to inform organisations the evidence-based strategies and ways to facilitate internalisation and autonomous motivation in their newcomers.


  • Australian Postgraduate Award
  • UWA Safety-Net Top-Up Scholarship


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