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Why do you treat me in such ways? An attachment examination on supervisors’ early family environment and subordinates’ responses

Why do you treat me in such ways? An attachment examination on supervisors’ early family... The purpose of this paper is to fill important gaps by using the attachment theory and examining the effects of supervisors’ early family environment on their behaviors toward subordinates and subordinates’ responses.Design/methodology/approachThe authors used samples of 334 supervisor–subordinate pairs from a manufacturing company.FindingsThe study finds that supervisors’ harmonious family environment has a positive influence on subordinates’ responses (job satisfaction, work-to-family enrichment and task performance) through the effect of supervisors’ positive working model and caregiving behavior. On the contrast, supervisors’ conflicting family environment has a negative influence on subordinates’ responses through the effect of supervisors’ negative working model and aggressive behavior.Originality/valueExisting studies mainly explore the influence of organizational environment on supervisors’ treatment of their subordinates. However, few have examined the relationship between supervisors’ early family environment and their treatment of their subordinates. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Chinese Management Studies Emerald Publishing

Why do you treat me in such ways? An attachment examination on supervisors’ early family environment and subordinates’ responses

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1750-614X
DOI
10.1108/cms-09-2019-0333
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to fill important gaps by using the attachment theory and examining the effects of supervisors’ early family environment on their behaviors toward subordinates and subordinates’ responses.Design/methodology/approachThe authors used samples of 334 supervisor–subordinate pairs from a manufacturing company.FindingsThe study finds that supervisors’ harmonious family environment has a positive influence on subordinates’ responses (job satisfaction, work-to-family enrichment and task performance) through the effect of supervisors’ positive working model and caregiving behavior. On the contrast, supervisors’ conflicting family environment has a negative influence on subordinates’ responses through the effect of supervisors’ negative working model and aggressive behavior.Originality/valueExisting studies mainly explore the influence of organizational environment on supervisors’ treatment of their subordinates. However, few have examined the relationship between supervisors’ early family environment and their treatment of their subordinates.

Journal

Chinese Management StudiesEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 17, 2021

Keywords: Attachment; Early family environment; Internal working model; Work behavior

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