Effects of team goal interdependence on newcomer socialization : an experiment in China

Yifeng, Nancy CHEN, Jiafang LU, Dean William TJOSVOLD, Chengtao LIN

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Increased employee mobility and the widespread use of teams underline the importance of understanding the socialization of newcomers into groups. Applying the theory of cooperation and competition, this study experimentally investigated the relationship between team climate and newcomer socialization and performance. We found that a cooperative, in comparison to a competitive or independent team climate strengthened the relationship and interaction between newcomers and the other team members. Thereby, this facilitated newcomer socialization.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)198-214
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008


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