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Workplace Attachments

Managing Beneath the Surface, 1st Edition

By James Grady, Victoria Grady, Patrick McCreesh, Ian Noakes


184 pages

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How fast can your organization change? How long does it take to adopt new technology? Do things run the same when you bring in a new leader? How does the culture evolve with new acquisitions?

There is an underlying thread in all these questions. Workplace attachment or our instinctual (biological) response to attach to both tangible and intangible objects continuously throughout life.

Workplace Attachments: Managing Beneath the Surface provides the first comprehensive review of attachment in the workplace. We explore the biological and evolutionary roots of our attachments, explain how you can find attachment behaviour in your workplace, and help you proactively understand attachment behaviour with your team. Our practical research, case studies, and story-telling will help you understand how attachment behaviour impacts you, your employees, your peers and ultimately the culture of your organization. Once you understand how people attach, detach, and re-attach to objects and elements of your organization, you will be able to real and lasting change.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1- Managing Attachment: Developing A Unified Framework for Attachment in the Workplace

Chapter 2- Origins of Human Attachment

Chapter 3- Neuroscience: The Relationships Between Primary Emotions and Attachments

Chapter 4- The Workplace: Understanding Attachment and Attachment Styles

Chapter 5- An Emerging Sense of Place Attachment

Chapter 6- Leadership and Attachment Styles: I Will Follow Who?

Chapter 7- Organizational Culture and Attachment

Chapter 8- Transitional Objects and Attachment: Where Do You Find Support?

Chapter 9- The CDI and Transitional Objects: Attachment in the United States Federal Government

Chapter 10- Attachment and Change Management: Tools and Global Case Studies

Chapter 11- Past, Present, and Future Thoughts…


About the Authors

Dr. James Grady is co-founder of PivotPoint Business Solutions LLC, a niche consulting firm focused on transforming employee resistance into proactive change strategy. Dr. Grady’s interest in human behavior originated in a curiosity fostered by his patient experiences during 40 years as a provider and managing partner of an outpatient oral/facial surgical practice.

Dr. Victoria Grady is currently an Assistant Professor of Management/Organizational Behavior in the School of Business at George Mason University. She continues to build on her original research defining the unique application of Attachment Theory to organizational change, leadership and culture.

Dr. Patrick McCreesh is a co-founder of Simatree, LLC, where he leads the strategy and analytics consulting practice. Dr. McCreesh serves as adjunct faculty at Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies and George Mason University School of Business.

Mr. Ian Noakes is a business consultant with specialiazations in change management, product development and product marketing. Mr. Noakes has delivered several public presentations on attachment at Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP) Annual Conferences in the USA and the Change Management Institute (CMI) in the United Kingdom.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Employment Relations

Aspects of the employment relationship are central to numerous courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Drawing from insights from industrial relations, human resource management and industrial sociology, this series provides an alternative source of research-based materials and texts, reviewing key developments in employment research. Books published in this series are works of high academic merit, drawn from a wide range of academic studies in the social sciences.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior