Introduction: Research on socialization and learning processes among organizational newcomers is offering valuable insight into the role of information seeking in the workplace, and to why, and how newcomers seek information when entering a new organization.
Analysis: The aim of the paper is to outline and discuss the significance of information seeking in newcomer socialization and learning, and analyze how different approaches influence our understanding of the role of information seeking in the workplace.
Results: It is argued, that a development in research on newcomer information seeking can be identified ranging from approaching socialization as adaption and individual information acquisition towards a broader approach investigating information seeking as an integrated part of learning in practice.
Conclusion: When applying a practice theoretical approach to knowledge and learning in organizations newcomers access to participate and negotiate meaning in practice becomes essential. Information seeking hereby plays a significant role in newcomers learning by establishing, developing, and maintaining a relationship to a given organizational practice. Through accessing textual, social and corporeal information sources newcomers learn about the organizational practice, and the knowledge needed in order to develop as a competent practitioner and become a full member of the organization.
Keywords: Information seeking, Organizational newcomers, Organizational socialization, Workplace learning, Practice learning.