Skip to main content
    • Aa
    • Aa

Robert Noyce and Fairchild Semiconductor, 1957–1968

  • Leslie R. Berlin (a1)

Robert Noyce's career at Fairchild Semiconductor sheds light on several developments that were central to the growth of Silicon Valley and the semiconductor industry: entrepreneurship, technical leadership, and the management of growth in a high-technology company. Noyce served as Fairchild Semiconductors first head of R&D and as its general manager for the six years of the company's most dramatic growth. His technical orientation, personal interest in new technologies, and hands-off management style helped establish a culture at the firm that welcomed innovations in research, process technology, manufacturing, and marketing. As Fairchild Semiconductor grew into a multidivisional mass producer, Noyce's entrepreneurial leadership proved inadequate. Communication breakdowns between divisions, coupled with a series of poor decisions by the parent company, further contributed to the decline of Fairchild Semiconductor.

Linked references
Hide All

This list contains references from the content that can be linked to their source. For a full set of references and notes please see the PDF or HTML where available.

Janice M. Beyer and Larry D. Browning , “Transforming an Industry in Crisis: Charisma, Routinization, and Supportive Cultural Leadership,” Leadership Quarterly 10 (Spring 1999): 483520.

The Role of Fairchild in Silicon Technology in the Early Days of ‘Silicon Valley,’” Proceedings of the IEEE 86 (Jan. 1998): 5362.

Harold C. Livesay , “Entrepreneurial Dominance in Businesses Large and Small, Past and Present,” Business History Review 63 (Spring 1989): 5.

Richard R. Nelson , “The Co-Evolution of Technology, Industrial Structure, and Supporting Institutions,” in Giovanni Dosi , David J. Teece , and Josef Chytry , eds., Technology, Organization, and Competitiveness: Perspectives on Industrial and Corfiorate Change (New York, 1998), 319–35

Margaret B. W. Graham , The Business of Research: RCA and the VideoDisc (Cambridge, U.K., 1986

Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Business History Review
  • ISSN: 0007-6805
  • EISSN: 2044-768X
  • URL: /core/journals/business-history-review
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *


Altmetric attention score

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 4 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 166 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between September 2016 - 23rd September 2017. This data will be updated every 24 hours.