Newcomer Assimilation in Virtual Team Socialization

Newcomer Assimilation in Virtual Team Socialization

Gaelle Picherit-Duthler (University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA), Shawn D. Long (University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA) and Gary F. Kohut (University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA)
Copyright: © 2004 |Pages: 18
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-204-6.ch007
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Abstract

Socialization of newcomers in traditional organizations has been given considerable attention in the literature. However, little attention has been paid to how individuals are socialized in virtual teams. Examined in this chapter is the critical stage of organizational assimilation for newcomers in virtual teams and how this stage differs for traditional organizational socialization. Specifically, we address newcomer relationship development and virtual team metamorphosis. Recommendations for effective virtual team socialization are offered as well as areas for future research.

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