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HR systems, attachment styles with leaders, and the creativity–innovation nexus

06.03.2018Comments are closed.


Leadership attachment styles,
HR systems,


  • Dr. Matej Černe, Univerza v Ljubljani, Ekonomska fakulteta;
  • Dr. Saša Batistič, Tilburg University;
  • Renata Kenda, Tilburg University



We narrow in on three leadership attachment styles perceived by employees (secure, anxious, and avoidant) and two opposite HR systems in organizations (compliance and commitment) in order to propose that their interactions have different roles in predicting two different elements of employees’ innovative work behavior: idea generation and idea implementation behaviors.

Purpose of the research:

The aim of this paper is to bring together literature on strategic human resource management and leadership and theorize about their cross-level interplay. Specifically, we offer propositions in relation to the interactive influence of attachment styles that followers perceive to have developed in their dyadic relationship with their leaders/supervisors and HR systems on individual innovation processes.

Intended audience: 

HR managers, leaders/immediate supervisors, managers in general



Human Resource Management Review



The article is available here.

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