Perk or Peril? Making Sense of Member Differences When Interorganizational Collaboration Begins

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Team member differences can be found in various characteristics and be seen as both perks and perils. But what makes one group focus on certain dimensions and differences’ positive implications, while another collective notices other aspects and sees trouble ahead? We address this question in the context of interorganizational teams’ first stages, when impressions are limited and valuations must be made promptly. Our findings from in-depth interviews offer a sensemaking perspective on perceived otherness and explicate when and why differences are interpreted as helping or hindering collaborative practices. Moreover, we illuminate how coorientation and representation dynamics shape otherness perceptions and valuations.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSmall Group Research
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)708-748
Number of pages41
Publication statusPublished - 10.2023

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Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research was partially funded by the European Funds for Regional Development (EFRO) under Project Number PROJ-00729.

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    Research areas

  • Management studies - coorientation, interorganizational collaboration, perceived member differences, representation, sensemaking