Regional Cultures, Managerial Behavior, and Entrepreneurship: An International Perspective

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Regional Cultures and High-Technology Management: Route 128 and Silicon Valley

Joseph W. Weissand André Delbecq


INTRODUCTION

This essay extends the concept of corporate culture to the level of industry culture and examines regional influences on management practices in Silicon Valley and Route 128. In-depth interviews with CEOs and executives in mature electronics firms were conducted. Results from the data indicate that these high-technology cultures and related management practices differ significantly and are influenced by particular regional characteristics. Conceptual and consulting implications are discussed.

Do national regional characteristics influence high-technology industrial cultures and management practices? If so, how and what conceptual and practitioner-oriented lessons can be learned from evidence indicating that this is the case? These are the questions which guided our research into an examination of the influences of regional differences on management practices in selected mature computer firms around Route 128 and in Silicon Valley.

Arguments and evidence which connect national culture to management practices across nations have been established ( Gallie 1978; Haire, Ghiselli, and Porter 1966; Hofstede 1980). Lacking in the literature on this subject, however, has been the examination of the effects of within- nation regional differences on management practices in and across industries. There are several reasons why research in this area has been

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Joseph W. Weiss and André Delbecq, "High-Technology Cultures and Management: Silicon Valley and Route 128," Group and Organization Studies 12, no. 1 ( 1987): 39-54. Copyright © 1987 by Sage Publications, Inc. Reprinted by permission of Sage Publications, Inc.

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