The role of line managers in employee career management:an attachment theory perspective

Crawshaw, Jonathan R. and Game, Annilee (2015). The role of line managers in employee career management:an attachment theory perspective. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 26 (9), pp. 1182-1203.

Abstract

Line managers increasingly play a key role in organizational career development systems, yet few studies have examined the nature of this role or its implications for employee career attitudes and behaviors. In two studies, we used attachment theory to explore this issue. In Study 1, in-depth interviews (N = 20) showed that employees viewed career management as a relational process in which line managers are expected to act as ‘caregiver’ to support individualized career development. Study 2 was a large-scale international survey (N = 891). Participants scoring higher on attachment avoidance in their line manager relationships reported more negative perceptions of career growth opportunities, lower participation in organizational career development activities and higher turnover intentions. Trust in the organization partially mediated the relationship. Theoretical and practical implications for HRM are discussed.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2014.934886
Divisions: Aston Business School > Work & Organisational Psychology
Aston Business School
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in The International Journal of Human Resource Management on 14/7/14, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09585192.2014.934886
Uncontrolled Keywords: attachment,careers,career management,line manager,trust,Management of Technology and Innovation,Strategy and Management,Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
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Published Date: 2015
Authors: Crawshaw, Jonathan R. ( 0000-0001-7168-5607)
Game, Annilee

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