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Employee Proactivity in OrganizationsAn Attachment Perspective$
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Chia-Huei Wu

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781529200577

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529200577.001.0001

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Introduction to Attachment Theory: Social Contexts and Changeability

Introduction to Attachment Theory: Social Contexts and Changeability

(p.43) Three Introduction to Attachment Theory: Social Contexts and Changeability
Employee Proactivity in Organizations

Chia-Huei Wu

Policy Press

The aim of this chapter is to introduce attachment theory in terms of context-specific attachment styles, and the stability and changeability of attachment style. An attachment relationship exists not only between children and parents, but also in other relationship contexts. Context-specific attachment relationships, such as attachment at work, are more proximal to influence behavior in the specific contexts. This theoretical proposition helps illustrate how relationships in organizations are important to shape employee proactivity. Attachment theory also suggests the changeability of attachment style as individuals’ prototype of attachment style and internal working models of self, others, and the broader social environment can be changed when they encounter different experiences.

Keywords:   context-specific attachment styles, change of attachment style, attachment theory

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