Newcomers in self-organising task groups: A pilot study

Kees Zoethout*, Wander Jager, Eric Molleman

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    This paper describes the consequences of turnover, especially how a work group and a newcomer mutually adapt. We tested two groups, a group in which the task allocation gives space for a newcomer to fit in and a group in which this space was not available. For both groups, we tested conditions with newcomers being specialists, contributing to a specific part of the task, newcomers being generalists, being able to contribute in a global way, and a control condition with no newcomer. We studied the development of task allocation and performance. The results indicate that both the specialists and the generalists only contributed to a better performance when the task allocation provided the space for a newcomer to fit in.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAdvancing Social Simulation
    Subtitle of host publicationThe First World Congress
    EditorsS Takahashi, D Scallach, J Rouchier
    Place of PublicationBERLIN
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Print)978-4-431-73150-4
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    Event1st World Congress on Social Simulation - , Japan
    Duration: 21-Aug-200625-Aug-2006


    Other1st World Congress on Social Simulation


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