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Making sense of managerial competencies: a motive-based approach

Author: Guillen Ramo, Laura INSEAD Area: Organisational Behaviour Series: Working Paper ; 2008/70/OB Publisher: Fontainebleau : INSEAD, 2008.Language: EnglishDescription: 31 p.Type of document: INSEAD Working PaperAbstract: In this article, we describe more fully the possible nature of the motivational aspect of the competencies. We build on McClelland’s conceptualization of motives to propose a new way of grouping competencies. This study is based on data coming from employees of three medium-sized organizations (n=223) that completed a competency measure based on the proposal by Boyatzis and Goleman. Structural Modeling techniques available in the SEM program LISREL 8.51 software are used to enter the empirical analyses of the paper. Results evidenced the appropriateness of grouping competencies into three clusters tracing a parallelism with the three motives: affiliation, power and achievement. This contributes to overcoming the paucity of empirical research relevant to competency models and expands competency literature towards a theory of work motivation. Implications for practitioners and future research directions are drawn. Next title: Making sense of managerial competencies: a motive-based approach (RV of 2008/70/OB) - Guillen Ramo, Laura;Saris, Willem E. - 2009 - INSEAD Working Paper
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In this article, we describe more fully the possible nature of the motivational aspect of the competencies. We build on McClelland’s conceptualization of motives to propose a new way of grouping competencies. This study is based on data coming from employees of three medium-sized organizations (n=223) that completed a competency measure based on the proposal by Boyatzis and Goleman. Structural Modeling techniques available in the SEM program LISREL 8.51 software are used to enter the empirical analyses of the paper. Results evidenced the appropriateness of grouping competencies into three clusters tracing a parallelism with the three motives: affiliation, power and achievement. This contributes to overcoming the paucity of empirical research relevant to competency models and expands competency literature towards a theory of work motivation. Implications for practitioners and future research directions are drawn.

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