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RUNNING HEAD: Sociology Paper

Workshop 1 – Sociology Paper

ASB 202 – Sociology of Work

Malinda M. Wright

ASB – 240

Presented to the faculty of Cardinal Stritch University

In partial fulfillment of the requirements for

Associates of Science of Business Degree

June 2, 2009

In the world of Business there are many terms that businesses or management have to be knowledgeable of when it comes to working with individuals in the workplace and how it relates. This paper will define the following three terms: socialization, roles and status and how they play a role in business or management and provide one examples to illustrate the terms.

What is Socialization?

“Socialization is defined as a life-long process through which adults learn skills and attitudes to function as a member of society” (WikiAnswers. 2009).

This term plays a very important role in business or management because socialization in the workplace allows employers to train and build skills of new hirer and existing employees jobs. However “Socialization does not end when schooling ends, nor does it ends even when formal on-the-job training ends. Coworkers and supervisors continually socialize workers” (Hodson & Sullivan. 2008). Take cashiers, For example, with technology being so advanced many department stores provide training for new hirer that will be operating the cash register so that they understand the many function of the register, such as how to enter returned items in the system correctly or how to enter personal check etc.

What is Norms?

“Norms are defined as behavioral expectations and cues within a society or group. This sociological term has also been defined as "the rules that a group uses for appropriate and inappropriate values, beliefs, attitudes and behaviors." These rules may be explicit or implicit. Failure to follow the rules can result in severe punishments, including exclusion from the group. They have also been described as the "customary rules...