Team Receptivity to Newcomers: Five Decades of Evidence and Future Research Themes

TitleTeam Receptivity to Newcomers: Five Decades of Evidence and Future Research Themes
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsRink F., Kane A.A, Ellemers N., Van der Vegt G.
JournalAcademy of Management Annals
Date PublishedJun
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number1941-6520
Accession NumberWOS:000320962900005
Keywordsclosed groups, disrespected group members, group creativity, group-performance, IDENTITY, impact, knowledge transfer, Organizations, social, SOCIALIZATION, work groups

Reviews of research on newcomers mostly address socialization processes, focusing on individual adjustment. This article takes a different approach by examining the ways in which teams adapt to newcomers, indicating team receptivity. We review the empirical research published over the last five decades (1960-June 2012) that examines the antecedents of three team receptivity componentsteam reflection, team knowledge utilization, and newcomer acceptanceacross different research disciplines and team settings. Drawing on this literature, we propose that team receptivity to newcomers can have positive consequences for sustained team performance, provided that team reflection and team knowledge utilization coincide with newcomer acceptance. We challenge scholars to tackle these three components simultaneously and provide methodological recommendations for doing so. To facilitate such efforts, we present a conceptual multi-level model specifying team, oldtimer, and newcomer characteristics that contribute to team receptivity and are amenable to managerial intervention.