Entrepreneurial and Professional CEOS: Differences in Motive and Responsibility Profile

Posted: 4 Nov 2009

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Nancy Papalexandris

Athens University of Economics and Business

Eleni Apospori

Athens University of Economics and Business

Eleanna Galanaki

Athens University of Economics and Business

Date Written: 2005

Abstract

Purpose --To shed some light on the motivationalprofile of entrepreneurial as opposed to professional CEOs in Greece. Design/methodology/approach -- Based on McClelland's motivational patterns,i.e., power, achievement and affiliation, as well as responsibility; interviewswith Greek entrepreneurial and professional CEOs were conducted. Then,interviews were content-analysed, in order to identify differences inmotivational profiles of those two groups of CEOs. Findings -- Achievement, motivation and responsibility were found to be themost significant discriminating factors between entrepreneurial andprofessional CEOs. Research limitations/implications -- The current research focuses only onMcClelland's typology. Other aspects affecting entrepreneurial inclination arenot studied in the current paper. Practical implications -- One of the major implications deriving from theidentified characteristics of successful entrepreneurial and professional CEOshas to do with the preparation and training of young leaders for both largerand smaller firms. Originality/value -- This paper studies, for the first time, the leadershipprofile of CEOs in Greece and identifies differences between professional andentrepreneurial ones. This is of great value in an SMEs dominated economy, suchas Greece, where these research findings can be used for the development ofentrepreneurship. (Publication abstract)

Keywords: Leader Motive Profile (LMP), Professional responsibilities, Chief executive officers (CEOs), Achievement measures, Motivation, Individual traits, Tourism industry, Leadership

Suggested Citation

Papalexandris, Nancy and Apospori, Eleni and Galanaki, Eleanna, Entrepreneurial and Professional CEOS: Differences in Motive and Responsibility Profile (2005). Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 26, Issue 2, p. 141-162 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1498257

Nancy Papalexandris (Contact Author)

Athens University of Economics and Business ( email )

76 Patission Street
Athens, 104 34
GREECE

Eleni Apospori

Athens University of Economics and Business ( email )

76 Patission Street
Athens, 104 34
GREECE

Eleanna Galanaki

Athens University of Economics and Business ( email )

Athens
Greece
+30 210 8203473 (Phone)

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