It Takes Two to Tango – the role of organisational socialisation in the conversion intentions of student interns

  • Patrice Twomey

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Business (DBA)


Over the past decade, an inflection in employers’ use of work placement has been evident, with many organisations using it as an alternative vehicle to identify, attract and retain a future graduate talent pipeline. Work placement allows employers to observe prospective graduate recruits in a work setting. It also affords student interns the opportunity to assess their host organisation as a potential graduate employer. Such use of work placement as an instrument of “pre-cruitment” has received relatively scant attention in the European context. Using the theoretical framework of organisational socialisation, this mixed methods study explores student interns’ experience of socialisation during placement and its relationship with their intention to return to work with their employer after graduation.
Date of Award17 Jul 2019
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Bath
SupervisorHugh Lauder (Supervisor) & Ian Jamieson (Supervisor)

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