Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 50, Issue 3, pp 267–278

Variations in Strategic Philosophy among American and Mexican Managers

  • John A. Parnell

DOI: 10.1023/B:BUSI.0000024707.47585.e7

Cite this article as:
Parnell, J.A. Journal of Business Ethics (2004) 50: 267. doi:10.1023/B:BUSI.0000024707.47585.e7


Strategic managers today are faced with five critical judgment calls when formulating strategies for their companies: (1) Approaching strategy as an art or as a science, (2) publicizing the strategy or maintaining its secrecy, (3) seeking strategic consistency over the long term or maintaining flexibility, (4) embracing strategic risk or avoiding it, and (5) adopting a top-down or a bottom-up approach to strategic planning. This paper compares American and Mexican managers along these five areas. Findings suggest that conventional wisdom on differences between American and Mexican managers in strategy formulation may not be true. Future research directions are also provided.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • John A. Parnell
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Marketing and Management, College of Business and TechnologyTexas A&M University CommerceCommerceU.S.A