achievement motive

a·chieve·ment mo·tive

an acquired, chronic need to succeed in the face of recognizable obstacles; its strength is usually diagnosed from recurring themes in stories told by the patient while taking a thematic apperception test or from other assessment instruments used by clinical psychologists.
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A high standard attained by the envied person may initiate the achievement motive (McClelland, Atkinson, Clark, & Lowell, 1953), which is associated with risk-taking behavior (Atkinson, 1957).
1994), or the Achievement Motive Scale (Hermans, 1970; Van den Berg & Feij, 2003).
Some characteristics of achievement motive in women.
Hornaday and Bunker (1970) also supported the McClelland's view considering achievement motive as an explanatory variable for entrepreneurial behavior.
The extreme high control could lead to further degradation of achievement motive.
He further identified characteristics of entrepreneurship as doing things in a new and better way and making decisions under moderate uncertainty, and suggested that achievement motive can be increased significantly by planned training and deliberate efforts (McClelland, 1965).
Finally, the achievement motive is defined as the concern for competition against a unique standard of excellence or realisation (McClelland, Atkinson, Clark, & Lowell, 1953).
The importance of the achievement motive for economic development has been shown[1-3].
Military leaders arouse the power motive of subordinates going into battle, and leaders of research teams appeal to the achievement motive of their subordinates (House, 1977).
4) Achievement motive is "a desire to attain a goal through competing with some standards of excellence, unique accomplishment or with a long term involvement.