Entrepreneurial and Professional CEOS: Motive and Responsibility Profile

Leadership and Organization Development Journal, Vol. 26, No. 2, pp. 141-162, September 2004

34 Pages Posted: 30 Dec 2005 Last revised: 26 Jan 2011

See all articles by Eleni Apospori

Eleni Apospori

Athens University of Economics and Business

Nancy Papalexandris

Athens University of Economics and Business

Eleanna Galanaki

Athens University of Economics and Business

Date Written: January 24, 2011

Abstract

Purpose: To shed some light on the motivational profile 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; interviews with Greek entrepreneurial and professional CEOS were conducted. Then, interviews were content analysed, in order to identify differences in motivational profiles of those two groups of CEOs.

Findings: Achievement motivation and responsibility were found to be the most significant discriminating factors between entrepreneurial and professional CEOs. Research limitations/implications: The current research focuses only on McClelland's typology. Other aspects affecting entrepreneurial inclination are not studied in the current paper.

Practical implications : One of the major implications deriving from the identified characteristics of successful entrepreneurial and professional CEOs, has to do with the preparation and training of young leaders for both larger and smaller firms.

Originality/value: This paper studies for the first time the leadership profile of CEOs in Greece and identifies differences between professional and entrepreneurial ones. This is of great value in a SME's dominated economy, such as the Greek one, where these research findings can be used for the development of entrepreneurship.

Keywords: entrepreneurship, motives, responsibility, profile, leadership

JEL Classification: K13

Suggested Citation

Apospori, Eleni and Papalexandris, Nancy and Galanaki, Eleanna, Entrepreneurial and Professional CEOS: Motive and Responsibility Profile (January 24, 2011). Leadership and Organization Development Journal, Vol. 26, No. 2, pp. 141-162, September 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=872706

Eleni Apospori (Contact Author)

Athens University of Economics and Business ( email )

76 Patission Street
Athens, 104 34
GREECE

Nancy Papalexandris

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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