Movement into management is often difficult for the technical or scientific employee who may lack the motivation needed to succeed in management. The present study identified specific motivational factors that distinguish those individuals who aspire to management from those who do not. An intranet survey study was conducted within a scientific research institute. Results showed that those who aspire to enter management tend to be higher on motivation for power and influence, desire for upward mobility, motivation for security and respect, and need for dominance. We discuss how these findings can inform human resource and organizational strategies for dealing with technical personnel who wish to enter management positions.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Applied Psychology
- Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
- Life-span and Life-course Studies