|Title||Team Receptivity to Newcomers: Five Decades of Evidence and Future Research Themes|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2013|
|Authors||Rink F., Kane A.A, Ellemers N., Van der Vegt G.|
|Journal||Academy of Management Annals|
|Type of Article||Article|
|Keywords||closed 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.