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The Emerald Research Register for this journal is available at www emeraldinsight com researchregister The current issue and full text archive of this journal is available at www emeraldinsight com 0143 7739 htm Entrepreneurial and professional CEOs Differences in motive and responsibility profile Eleni Apospori Nancy Papalexandris and Eleanna Galanaki Athens University of Economics and Business Athens Greece Entrepreneurial and professional CEOs 141 Received October 2003 Revised July 2004 Accepted September 2004 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 an SMEs dominated economy such as Greece where these research findings can be used for the development of entrepreneurship Keywords Entrepreneurialism Leadership Responsibilities Chief executives Greece Paper type Research paper



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