Stratocracy in High-Technology Firms

by Homa Bahrami, Stuart Evans

Fall 1987

Volume 30
Issue 1

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Historically, major organizational innovations have been associated with the emergence of new industries. The unique environment of California's Silicon Valley has spawned a novel organizational regime. one which is designed to provide a sense of focus, increase the firm's speed of response to emerging developments, and facilitate the continuous adjustment of organizational arrangements in accordance with situational imperatives. "Stratocracy" is here defined as "rule by the doers." This article examines the distinguishing features of the high-technology arena, describes the structural characteristics of high-technology firms, and contrasts stratocracy with other organizational regimes.

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