The relationship between motivation to manage and competencies of the top executive level managers in traditional and bureaucratic organizations in Iran  

Tabesh N., Oreyzi H.
First author's affiliation: University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran

In the traditional organizations managers are selected according to power relations while in the bureaucratic ones executive managers are assigned by succession planning and career development. Most organizations in Iran are traditional ones. The aim of the current research is to investigate the relationship between the motivation to manage and competencies of top executive managers in these two different organizations. The construct of motivation to manage, reflex striving for power and domination associated with favourable attitudes toward father's figures, a tendency to assert oneself and interested in administrative works were measured by Miner's Sentence Completion Scale (MSCS), (Miner, 1964). Competencies were measured via role playing, in-basket and business game as part of the assessment center method. After applying, coefficient of manager's total scores were computed and correlated with their scores on MSCS. From 85 executive managers, 45 were bureaucratic and 40 were traditional ones. The findings indicate that only in the bureaucratic organizations there is positive significant relation between competency and motivation. Findings emphasize on the career development path and succession planning. The current research also shows that the psychological variable of managers depends on organizational structure.