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Project Information

Project Title
"Identity negotiation in diverse work teams: Strategies of establishing identity and determents of their success"

VU University Amsterdam - Organization Science

PhD Student
Margo Veenstra

Prof.dr. Karin van Oudenhoven-Van der Zee (VU University Amsterdam)
prof.dr. Bianca Beersma (VU University Amsterdam)

1 March 2015 - 1 March 2019

VU University Amsterdam


The research project focuses on identity negotiation, the process by which newcomers in work teams establish their identity through interaction and negotiation with other group members. We will specifically focus on newcomers whose identity differs from that of the majority. We will examine how individual and group-level variables affect the process of identity negotiation and its impact on relevant work outcomes. In order to do so, a theoretical framework will be developed that integrates Acculturation Theory (Berry, 1997) and Dual Concern Theory (Pruitt & Rubin, 1986). Initial insight into identity negotiation will be achieved via questionnaire research. Furthermore, we will conduct focus group studies, in order to gather more in-depth insight into preferred strategies of identity negotiation and the interpretation of identity negotiation behaviors by those involved. Finally, we will conduct a series of experiments to study the causal relationships between identity negotiation strategies and individual and group-level outcomes.

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