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This book reconsiders organizational and managerial communication theories, research, and practice from a feminist standpoint. It looks at theoretical analyses that reconceptualize and extend boundaries in our thinking about work and organizing processes; presents women's voices through interview excerpts, poems, diary entries, and stories and explores the ways in which these concrete details of ordinary lives represent missing facets of our organizational and managerial communication work; and contains chapters that rewrite organizational and managerial constructs.

“Learning the Ropes”: A Black Feminist Standpoint Analysis
“Learning the ropes”: A black feminist standpoint analysis
Brenda J.Allen

Anyone who has assumed a new role in an organization has experienced organizational socialization, the process by which an individual enters and becomes integrated into organizational settings. Often referred to as “learning the ropes,” socialization is an inherently communicative process because newcomers rely on formal and informal communication to help them make sense of their job and their work environment (Jablin, 1987). To reduce uncertainty about their role, newcomers acquire information and insight from numerous sources (e.g., supervisors, coworkers, orientation programs, employee manuals, clients, managers, training sessions, and staff) within the organization.

Studies on these information sources and socialization in general date back to the 1950s when researchers studied ways ...

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